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Colorado State Capitol Historical, Attic/Dome, and Legislative Tour Information

HISTORICAL TOUR

Historical tours begin on the first floor of the capitol and consist of early Colorado history, capitol construction, several stained glass windows, Women's Gold Tapestry, Presidential portraits, and a stop outside the Senate and House of Representatives chambers.  Public historical tours are offered hourly 10am to 3pm Monday through Friday.

NOTE!  The House and Senate chambers and galleries are currently undergoing restoration. Until the first phase of the project is completed in mid-December, views are obstructed and the 3rd floor galleries are closed.

Mr. BROWN'S ATTIC/DOME WALK

Mr. Brown's Attic is an exhibit area located between the third floor and the dome.  It is devoted to Colorado's early history, capitol construction, legislative process, and has a children's interactive space.  The dome walk is a 99- step climb to the observation area where there is a 360 degree view of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains.  A closed-captioned video tour (near third floor elevators) is available for visitors who are unable or do not wish to make the climb. 

 

NOTE!  Public dome walks will be available starting the afternoon of October 2, 2014.  Dome walks are popular and space is limited.  Reservations are required.

LEGISLATIVE TOUR

The Legislative tour is available during the legislative session for school age groups (early January through early May).   This legislative orientation for students may include a visit to the House and Senate galleries and a possible meeting with a lawmaker. Reservations are required.

 

All capitol tours are limited to 30 people.  Demand for capitol tours is high, so please try to schedule your tour at least two weeks or more in advance. Tours are offered Monday through Friday. The capitol is closed for most legal holidays.  Please call the tour desk at 303-866-2604 or visit http://colorado.gov/capitoltour for updated tour information.

 

 

 

 


Tours are Free of Charge.


 

BUILDING HOURS

The Colorado State Capitol Building is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The building is closed on weekends.

 

BUILDING AND TOUR DESK CLOSURES

The Colorado Capitol Building is closed for most legal holidays. Please contact the tour desk at 303-866-2604 for updated information.

 

ENTRANCES

North, first floor (Colfax and Sherman) - public and group entrance

South, basement (14th and Sherman) - visitors with special needs should access the building at this entrance

 

BROCHURES

Capitol visitor brochures are available at the tour desk in the following languages: English, Chinese (traditional and simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

 

GIFT SHOP

Souvenirs are available for sale on the first floor. Souvenirs include capitol t-shirts, note cards, holiday ornaments and a capitol book. Cash or checks accepted (no credit cards).

 

CAFETERIA

The Capitol Coffee Shop provides breakfast, lunch and snack items. For more information, call 303-866-2985.


 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Interested in volunteering in Colorado's most beautiful building? Applications are currently being accepted for the following positions: information specialist, merchandise specialist, telephone receptionist and tour guide. Click here for an application form.

 

NEARBY VENUES

Approximate walking times to the Capitol

  • U.S. Mint - 20 to 25 minutes (online reservations required)

  • Denver Art Museum - 10 to 15 minutes

  • Governor's Mansion - 15 to 30 minutes

  • Molly Brown House - 15 to 20 minutes

  • Byers-Evans House - 15 to 20 minutes

 

PUBLIC PARKING

Metered parking and paid park lots are located nearby.

 

DISABILITY PARKING

There are a limited number of handicapped parking spaces in the Capitol circle. Access by 14th and Sherman. Disability placard or license plate required.



SCHOOL BUS PARKING

School bus parking is on both sides of Broadway between Colfax and 14th. Loading and unloading zone on Grant - east of the Capitol. Bus driver is required to remain on the bus.

Name tags with first names in large, bold print. The rotunda basement benches are available for a picnic-style lunch for students. Please notify the tour desk, in advance, if you are planning to eat lunch in the capitol on the day of your tour. We appreciate your group's courtesy to the legislators, workers, and other visitors to our building during your visit.

 

STUDENT GROUP LUNCH AREA

The rotunda basement benches are available for student groups by reservation only. Maximum occupancy is 30 people. Lunches brought to the capitol must be placed in laundry baskets or cardboard boxes at the tour desk.

 

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. Check with RTD (http://www.rtd-denver.com/) for specific schedules.
 

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


Interested in becoming a Tour Guide?

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Volunteer, Work-Study and Internship positions available year round. For further information about working with Visitor Services Email us at Capitol.Tours@State.CO.US