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State Capitol Tour Information 

The Arkansas State Capitol  is equally rich in history, craftsmanship and architectural excellence. Visit today and you’ll  not only see lawmakers at work, but you’ll also enjoy a glimpse of the historic events and people who shaped Arkansas. The Capitol was designed in the neo‑classical style by architects George Mann and Cass Gilbert with construction beginning in 1899. After 16 years, the project was completed at a total cost of $2.3 million dollars.

Today, almost 100 years later, this structure still serves as the heart of state government and lawmaking. The building houses six of the seven constitutional offices and the House and Senate Chambers, which offer public galleries where you can watch legislators at work when in session. Other public areas include the restored Governor’s Reception Room, Old Supreme Court Chamber and the towering rotunda, all of which offer the best examples of the Capitol’s original glory.

Reflecting the state’s rich history and its hope for the future, the State Capitol is a great source of pride for the citizens of Arkansas. It is a symbol not just of government but also of the state and its people. Walk through this architectural treasure and discover the heritage embodied here.

State Capitol hours:

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays

Guided tours available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays

Capitol Services

  • Capitol Gift Shop, first floor rotunda, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays
  • Capitol Café, lower level, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays
  • Capitol Hair Salon, lower level, hours vary
  • Snack Stand, third floor, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.


The Arkansas State Capitol
500 Woodlane Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Click here for map and directions.


There are several options for exploring the building and grounds of our beautiful Arkansas State Capitol complex:

Guided Tours

To schedule a guided tour of the Capitol, call the Visitor Services Specialist, at 501-682-5080. The free tours of the Capitol Building are offered weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-in visitors requesting personally guided tours will be scheduled on the next available guided tour.

Explore on Your Own

  • Pick up your free copy of Through These Doors, our self-guided tour booklet, at the Visitor Center on the first floor of the Capitol, or click here to download the PDF.
  • You can also take a stroll on the beautifully landscaped grounds with our free guide, A Walk on the Hill, also available at the Visitor Center or download here.
  • Click here to download the State Capitol Audio Tour to your portable device. (26 MB download will begin immediately)
  • Take your middle school students on a Capitol Quest! This special self-guided tour is an architectural scavenger hunt through the State Capitol. Click here to learn more.

Virtual Tours

About Interactive Tour

The interactive tours will allow you to view information, photos and videos- some only available to the public here- from the convenience of your home or class room computers.

Explore the Capitol Building floor by floor, stopping at areas and artifacts that interest you most. You can experience the beautiful rooms and historical artifacts by viewing current and historical photos. There is also video footage available for some of the main areas of the Capitol, giving you an up-close look at the heart of Arkansas state government.

The tour also allows you to explore the history of the Capitol by offering- many for the first time publicly- electronic photos of the State Capitol's construction taken by photographer Thomas Rayburn. These photos offer viewers a glimpse look into the buildings spectacular beginnings.

The splendid monuments and beautiful vegetation of the Capitol grounds are also available for you to explore. You can see photos of these historic and heartwarming symbols of bravery. The lush landscape is also available for you to explore at your leisure.

From bountiful rose and iris gardens to the majestic House and Senate Chambers in the Capitol Building, this tour showcases the architectural and artistic features of this historic Arkansas jewel.

Requirements

The virtual tour requires the Adobe Flash Player. You can download the Flash Player at the Adobe website at no charge. If you do not have the Flash Player plug-in installed, you can download it by clicking here.

This website is best viewed on a high speed internet connection. While all content will play on slower connection speeds, (dial-up and wireless), you may experience delays in content loading and/or playing. Please be sure your computer's sound is turned on, as content is provided with audio throughout the website.

ADA Information

An accessible tour of the Capitol is available for those visitors who require it. This segment of the website contains much of the same information, made more accessible than the default visual presentation that is seen when visiting the virtual tours areas. Click here for access.



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