PLAN A TOUR
Visitors to the Capitol can take a guided, self-guided or virtual tour of the building. Visitors are also welcome to take a self-guided tour of Capitol Square.
Visitors to the Capitol should plan to enter the building via the east (front) entrance throughout the duration of the Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade Project (2017-2019). Visitors coming from Walnut Street or the Capitol Complex Mall will need to use the south (Allegan Street) sidewalk and enter the Capitol via the east (front) entry.
School tours coming from the Michigan Historical Museum or the Hall of Justice are encouraged to transport students to the Capitol by bus and drop them off on Walnut Street in the marked “School Bus Parking” area.
Guided tours of the Michigan State Capitol feature the public areas of the Capitol including the Rotunda and the Gallery of the Governors. Tours also include visits to the House and Senate Galleries, the Governor’s Office, and the historic Supreme Court Chamber, based on availability.
Capitol tours are a free service provided by the State of Michigan.
Guided Tour Hours
The Michigan State Capitol will be closed to the public and staff on Saturday, April 28, 2018, and Saturday, May 5, 2018, for electrical work associated with the ongoing Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade project. This work will require the interruption of the building’s life safety systems, making it unsafe for occupancy.
Normal Saturday tours will resume on May 12, 2018.
Guided tours are available beginning every half hour (9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., etc.). Tours last approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Guided tour times are subject to change daily based on staffing levels. Visitors interested in a guided tour should call the Capitol Tour Service at (517)373-2353 in advance to verify guided tour times.
The Capitol is closed on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Fourth of July
Thanksgiving Holiday (Thursday - Sunday)
New Year's Eve
The historic Michigan Supreme Court Chamber, now home to the Senate Appropriation Committee, c. 1992.
Photo Courtesy of Balthazar Korab
If the officially recognized state holiday falls on a weekend the Capitol is closed the preceding Friday or the Monday following the holiday. The Capitol is closed on the Saturdays of holiday weekends except for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, and Veterans Day. Please call 517-373-2353 to verify open or closed status surrounding the holidays.
The Capitol Tour and Information Service books tours of both the Michigan State Capitol, and some tours for the Michigan Historical Museum. Tour reservations are required for groups of 10 or more visitors. Reservations are not required for groups of less than 10 visitors.
To reserve a tour call (517) 373-2353 or (517) 373-2348.
View Current Tour Schedules and Availability by Quarter or by Legislative Chamber.
For Teachers: Learn more about planning a trip to the Capitol for your class at Tour Information for Teachers & Group Leaders.
Visitors to the Capitol are welcome to enjoy a self-guided tour through the building. Tour booklets are available for pickup at the Capitol Tour and Information Services, located on the ground floor in the east wing, or are available below.
Visitors who opt to take a self-guided tour will have access to the public areas of the Capitol including the Rotunda and the Gallery of the Governors. They may also visit the House and Senate galleries and the historic Supreme Court Chamber, based on availability.
Self-Guided Tour Hours
Self-guided tour booklets are free courtesy of the State of Michigan.