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Colorado State Capitol Tour Information
 
The Colorado State Capitol welcomes about 250,000 visitors annually, with nearly 60,000 visitors taking tours of our beautiful and historic Statehouse. We welcome you to visit and learn more about this building, the work of our General Assembly, and our unique Colorado heritage.
 
Capitol tours are limited to 30 people.  Groups of 10 or more are required to make a reservation.  Demand for Capitol tours is high – please schedule your tour at least four weeks in advance.  Student group tours during the legislative session (January through May) are extremely popular and space is limited.
 
All Tours are Free of Charge
 
Historical Tours 
Public tours are offered hourly 10:00am-3:00pm, Monday through Friday.  These 30-45 minute tours consist of early Colorado history, Capitol construction and architecture, the original Supreme Court chamber, Senate and House of Representatives chambers, and Statehouse art including stained glass portraits, Women’s Gold Tapestry, Presidential portrait gallery, and murals by Allen Tupper True.  
Self-guided tour materials are available at the tour desk.
 
Mr. Brown’s Attic and Dome Walks 
Mr. Brown’s Attic is a permanent exhibit space devoted to Colorado’s early history, Capitol construction, Colorado state government and the legislative process, as well as an interactive display designed for children.  Guided tours here are primarily oriented towards student groups and highlight the history of our state and the architecture of the Capitol.
The dome walk is a 15 minute sightseeing opportunity.  Visitors may climb the 99 steps to the observation area, which offers a 360 degree view of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains.  (Please note the outside observation deck may be closed under certain weather conditions.)  For those who are unable or do not wish to make the climb, a closed-captioned video tour is available on the third floor near the elevators.
Public dome walks take place at 9:15 am and at the end of each public tour at 45 minutes past the hour.  Dome walks do not require reservations for groups of fewer than 10.  You may join a public dome walk in Mr. Brown’s Attic above the third floor.
 
Legislative Tours
Legislative tours are available during the legislative session (January through May) for school aged groups.  These tours include a visit to the House and Senate galleries and a possible meeting with a lawmaker.  Reservations are required.
 
Please call the tour desk at 303 866 2604 for updated tour and scheduling information or visit http://colorado.gov/capitoltours
Photography Policy
Photographs are allowed and encouraged during your Capitol tour, but flash photography is not allowed in the Senate or House galleries during the legislative session.
 
Building Hours
The Colorado State Capitol building is open to the public from 7:30am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday.  The building is closed on weekends and most legal holidays.
 
Public Building Entrances
North entrance (Colfax Avenue and Sherman Street), first floor – public and group entrance
South entrance (14th Avenue and Sherman Street), basement (ground) level – visitors with special needs should use this entrance
 
Gift Shop and Cafeteria
Selected souvenirs - including t-shirts, note cards, holiday ornaments and a small selection of Capitol related books – are available for sale at the tour desk on the first floor.  We accept cash or checks only.  Checks can be made out to the State of Colorado.
 
Breakfast, lunch, snack items and drinks are available at the Capitol Café, located in the basement of the Capitol.  Café hours are 7:30-2:30 through the legislative session.
 
House and Senate Gallery Rules
Visitors are welcome to watch legislative proceedings from the public galleries on the 3rd floor.  ADA seating is available in the galleries.
Please be respectful of Gallery rules:
Cell phones and pagers must be turned off.
Gentlemen must remove their hats.
Food, drink or water bottles are not permitted.
Signs or banners of any kind are prohibited. (As they are throughout the Capitol.)
Visitors are not allowed to stand at railings nor place any belongings on the stairs or in the aisles.  This includes the public, staff, legislators, lobbyists, legislative aides and interns, press.
Guests shall remain quiet at all times.
Applause and cheering are not allowed.
When the Speaker bangs the gavel and asks that everyone rise for the Morning Prayer, guests must stand. 
 
Public Transportation 
The Capitol is located one block southeast of Civic Center Station, which can be accessed by light rail from the 16th Street Mall.  Visit the RTD website for bus and light rail options and schedules - http://www.rtd-denver.com/.
 
Public Parking
Parking is not available onsite at the Capitol.  Metered parking and pay lots are located nearby.  
Search for parking options online at the City of Denver’s parking website:  https://www.denvergov.org/tabid/437781/Default.aspx.
 
Disability Parking
A limited number of parking spaces are available first come first serve in the Capitol circle for visitors with disabled parking permits.  Enter at 14th and Sherman and notify the Colorado State Patrol at the entrance to use these spots.  Disability placards or license plates are required.
 
Nearby Venues and Sights 
United States Mint – 20-25 minute walk (advanced online reservations required)
Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center – 5-10 minute walk
Denver Art Museum – 10-15 minute walk
History Colorado Center – 10-15 minute walk
Colorado Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion – 20-30 minute walk (tours offered seasonally)
Molly Brown House Museum – 5-10 minute walk
Byers-Evans House Museum and Gallery – 10-15 minute walk
 
Volunteer and Work Study Opportunities
We are seeking enthusiastic and friendly volunteers and eligible work-study applicants with an interest in Colorado history and state government who enjoy working with the public.  Capitol guides are responsible for leading tours, scheduling groups, staffing the gift desk, Mr. Brown’s Attic, and dome observation area, and providing visitors with concierge type services.
For more information and to schedule an interview, please email Assistant Manager of Visitor Services - Erika Österberg at erika.osterberg@state.co.us with a current resume and a little information about yourself and your interest in a position at the Capitol.
 
Information for School Groups
 
We are happy to welcome student groups.  Please note that student group tours during the legislative session (January through May) are extremely popular and space is limited.  We recommend making your reservation request early.
 
Tours
Historical and legislative tours, as well as attic tours and dome walks, are available for school groups.  We recommend making your reservation request early, as tour availability is limited.  
 
School Bus Parking
School bus parking is available on both sides of Broadway between Colfax and 14th.  Loading and unloading are permitted east of the Capitol in the loading zone on Grant Street.  The bus driver is required to remain on the bus.
 
School Group Lunch Area
The rotunda basement benches are available for student groups by reservation only.   School groups should bring their lunches in laundry baskets or cardboard boxes or bins while visiting the Capitol.  Students are expected to be courteous and clean while eating their lunches, and mindful of the legislators, workers, and other visitors to our building.  
Students are not allowed to eat their lunches sitting on the floor.
 
CAPITOL VISITOR SERVICES
COLORADO LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
ROOM #029, STATE CAPITOL
DENVER, CO 80203-1784
 
Tour Desk 303-866-2604
Fax: 303-866-2167
capitol.tours@state.co.us
http://www.colorado.gov/capitoltour
 


 

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