The New York State Capitol, the seat of the New York State government, is located in Albany, the capital city of the U.S. state of New York. The capitol building is part of the Empire State Plaza complex on State Street in Capitol Park. Housing the New York State Legislature, the building was completed in 1899 at a cost of US$25 million (equivalent to $675 million in modern dollars), making it the most expensive government building of its time. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, then included as a contributing property when the Lafayette Park Historic District was listed in 1978. The New York State Capitol was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1979.To visit New York State Capitol on your trip to Albany, use our Albany trip planner.
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This was a lovely building. I started on the 3rd floor and made my way down. I really liked the Hall of Governors. I didn't realize 4 US presidents were the governor of NY. There are 2 different...
This was a lovely building. I started on the 3rd floor and made my way down. I really liked the Hall of Governors. I didn't realize 4 US presidents were the governor of NY. There are 2 different... more »
We really enjoyed the free tour of the NYS Capitol building. Our guide was very informative and gave us free time to take photos. Check the website for schedule and availability.
We really enjoyed the free tour of the NYS Capitol building. Our guide was very informative and gave us free time to take photos. Check the website for schedule and availability. more »
I've always been intrigued by the Empire State Plaza, but this time I was able to tour the Capital bldg. It is impressive by size and detail. What a shame the tower was never built. The materials used and grandeur are overwhelming. The artwork very fine. I'm used to seeing portraiture of past Governors in the statehouses across America, but this one has additional paintings from around New York, and they are also beautiful. Sculptures of important and unknown figures, adorn the grand staircase that in itself, is also a work of art and reminds me of underground caverns. The war room artwork on the ceiling, leaves One speechless, as it's scale and beauty are breathtaking! One of the finest!
Magnificent buildings housing state government offices but there is nothing “official “ about it. Leisurely walk around Empire State Plaza is a wonderful experience. There are fountains and few ugly ducklings floating around in the water. Lawns in front of the building are used by protesters holding demonstrations and public meetings.
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