State Capitol Building

Lansing is the capital city of the state of Michigan. The current State Capitol is the third of Michigan’s capitol buildings. It is a federal building, open to the public for free tours on weekdays. It opened in late 1878 to much acclaim and was restored to its original splendor in the early 1990’s removing half floors, drop ceilings and layers upon layers of paint which allowed historians and artisans to recreate the original designs. This building is one of the premiere examples in the country of decorative painting. Each year the Michigan State Capitol welcomes over 115,000 people including tourists, schoolchildren, and families.

  • 100 Capitol Ave.
  • (517) 373-2353

Step back into the Victorian era with a visit to Michigan's award-winning Capitol Building. Designed by Elijah E. Myers, one of the foremost architects of public buildings during the Gilded Age (1865-1914), construction of the Capitol Building took six years and contains over…

Begin your tour of the State Capitol at Heritage Hall. Heritage Hall features expanded tour orientation rooms, history exhibits, an artifact conservation space, a large meeting space, and restroom facilities. Take the in of the Capitol Dome while learning about the rich history of how the State Capitol came to be.

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Tour Hours: Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Closed state and federal holidays
Admission: Free
Reservations: Tour reservations are required for groups of 10 or more visitors. Reservations are not required for groups of less than 10 visitors. For those unable to visit in person, Zoom tours are also an option. To reserve a tour call (517) 373-2353 or (517) 373-2348. Learn more about planning your tour 

FAQs and Tips

  • Summer is usually a good time to visit if you don’t want to run into the many school groups that visit during the school year. If it's during the school year, it's less crowded after 3 p.m.
  • Visitors can do self-guided tours as well.
  • Many special events take place on the Capitol lawn, including an annual Farmer's Market and Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony.
  • Parking is available at metered locations on the street and at public parking ramps that surround the area.


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