Summer is a great time to tour the State Capitol building. Whether you’re looking for a fun educational activity with your kids, or you’re just curious yourself, a tour of the Capitol is a great way to learn about Colorado’s history and government and enjoy the statehouse’s beautiful architecture. Each year, nearly 70,000 people tour the Capitol. While self-guided tours are allowed, taking a free guided tour is definitely a great way to go. You’ll get to see places like the House and Senate Chambers, which have recently been restored to their historic appearance. Knowledgeable tour guides will also show you the buildings’ many amazing artworks and artifacts, and take you up to Mr. Brown’s Attic, a mini-museum showcasing the building’s history.
The Capitol is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5pm. Guided tours are available hourly from 10am-3pm, except for holidays. Groups of 10 or more require a reservation which can be scheduled using this form. More tour information can be found on the Capitol’s Facebook page.
If you can’t make it downtown for a tour, be sure to check out the image gallery on the tour homepage. You can also see photos and learn about the Capitol’s art and memorials at the Capitol Arts section of the website. The site also includes a section on state symbols. Our library also has several publications about the Capitol available for checkout, including the book The Colorado State Capitol: History, Politics, Preservation by Derek Everett, and an earlier history written by author Margaret Coel. We also have visitor’s guides from the past several decades, which offer a fun look back at the Capitol through the years. Search our online catalog for titles.