State Capitol

Government – Architecture

The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark.

Please Note

To schedule a group of 10 or more for a guided tour of the State Capitol or Executive Mansion, please call Capital Area Visitor Services (CAVS) at least two weeks ahead of your intended visit at 919-807-7950 or 866-724-8687. More information about scheduling tours of the state attractions in downtown Raleigh can be found on the CAVS website.

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What's New/Upcoming

  • April 1:
    Behind the Scenes Tour

    Saturday, 10 am and 1 pm
    Visitors have another chance to visit behind the scenes spaces at the Capitol this November! On Saturday, April 1st at 10 am and 1 pm, the Capitol is offering a special tour focusing on "secret" spaces in the building and the history of the Capital city. Join the Capitol staff for a unique glimpse at this 19th century treasure. Participants must be at least 10 years old and comfortable climbing stairs and being in confined spaces. Participants must register and prepay for one of the tour's limited spaces. Tickets are $17 and include tax and snacks. Join us on April Fool's Day for a totally true behind the scenes tour of this special building!

  • April 27:
    Drinks with Washington

    Thursday, 7 - 9 pm
    George Washington is in town and he wants to meet you for drinks at the Capitol! Join us for a casual evening reception with the first President in honor of the Capitol's newest exhibit, "George Washington is Here: Images of the Founding Father". Drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the rotunda followed by a curator's tour of the exhibit will round out this special evening. Tickets are $20 per person, and may be purchased online through Eventbrite at

  • Stay tuned . . .

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State Capitol Information

Contact Us

Street Address:
One East Edenton Street
Raleigh, N.C.

Mailing Address:
4624 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C.27699-4624

Phone: (919) 733-4994
Fax: (919) 715-4030

Hours of Operation

Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and most major state holidays. Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation.


Self-guided Tours:

Guided Tours:
Saturday: 11 a.m., 2 p.m.


Admission is free. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.

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