| Learn about California and the Capitol
Check out the new Kids Zone Web site where students can learn about the California State capitol while having fun.
See the Capitol from wherever you are.
Planning to visit the Capitol in person?
Calendar of Events
Explore the Capitol's art and artifacts.
Curious about the Capitol's architecture?
See how California's laws have helped shape the state and nation.
Find out something new about California.
Weekdays: 8 - 5
Weekends: 9 - 5
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day
School and Group Tours
(10 - 35 people)
Free guided school and group tours are by reservation only for groups from ten (10) to Thirty-five (35) persons. We recommend a ratio of ten students to one adult chaperone.
Contact ReserveAmerica for your
reservation at (866) 240-4655.
For Additional school or group tour information, educational materials, and group rules:
contact Tour Office
Public tours are conducted daily, on the hour, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m .
For tour information contact Tour Office:
Located in basement Room B-27
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
Films are shown daily
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission is Free
| Architectural Tour
A common feature found in many state capitols, including California's, is a portico opening into a central rotunda that rises into a dome. This architectural convention, borrowed from the Romans, creates an inspiring and majestic entrance. Learn other interesting facts about the design of the capitol in this section.
- Take the Tour
|California State Capitol History|
Part I: Planning
Part II: Construction
|Part III: Growth
The rapid growth of the state and expanding government responsibility soon created the need for additional space at the Capitol, after several major expansion efforts and three-quarters of a decade issues arise concerning the structural integrity of the building. California had to make an important decision--rebuild or restore?
- Apse and East Annex
- Rebuild or Restore?
|Part: IV: Restoration
The decision to restore the historic Capitol created one of the largest restoration projects in California's history, artisans relearned arts long forgotten, the Senate and Assembly Chambers would regain their glory and the building was incorporated with modern technology while maintaining the splendor of the Capitol's original appearance.
- Restoring a Legacy
- Lost Arts
- Fine Details
- Legislative Chambers