The Capitol Visitor Center will close to the public effective May 2, 2022 so that the Virginia Department of General Services can complete waterproofing and tunnel construction projects. During the closure, which is expected through at least December 2022, all visitors must use the west entrance of the Capitol. Buses, tour groups and other large multiple-passenger vehicles can unload on the eastern-most lane of 9th Street near the Capitol Square vehicular entrance. Individuals who need accessibility accommodations and are arriving via a passenger vehicle can call (804) 389-5338 and arrange for drop-off inside Capitol Square. Due to ongoing construction and limited turning ability, no buses or other large passenger vehicles will be allowed to enter Capitol Square. Paid parking for Capitol Square visitors is available from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday in the 9th and Franklin Street Parking Deck.
Additional fencing will be placed on the east side of the Capitol and at the Bank Street Visitor Center entrance the week of May 9. Fencing already exists on the west side of the Capitol where the tunnel work is being completed. All Capitol Square visitors should stay clear of fenced construction areas for safety reasons.
See a detailed press release about the construction.
State Capitol Building
1. The Capitol is open to the general public public from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.
2. The Bank Street entrance, opposite 10th Street, is closed May 2, 2022 – December 31, 2022.
3. The public can enter the Capitol via the West entrance on Capitol Square.
4. The Capitol Tour Guides are located in the Rotunda on the 2nd floor of the Capitol.
Pocahontas Building (Temporary General Assembly Building)
1. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Virginia Health Department guidelines will be followed regarding masks and social distancing. Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks in most indoor settings. A member, staff person or other person may wear a mask, if that is their preference.
2. Temperature check stations will be removed from entrances, and will be placed in other parts of the building for those who would like to check their own temperature.
Capitol Police, in collaboration with the State Fire Marshal, enforce the occupancy loads for the Pocahontas and Capitol Buildings and have a process for tracking these numbers in real-time. If capacity is reached, access will be temporarily halted until numbers decrease.
The maximum capacity for the Capitol Building is 1,958 and the Pocahontas Building is 5,697.
Self-guiding brochures are available for download and at the information desk inside the Bank Street entrance.
The Capitol is fully accessible to visitors with special needs. Information desk: 804-698-1788. Email: capitolTourGuides@captourguides.virginia.gov
Because of construction of a new General Assembly Building, traffic patterns around the Capitol change during legislative sessions at the beginning of each year. Please visit our UPDATED “Directions “ and “Parking” sections for the most up to date information on changes for arriving at the Capitol an offsite bus parking facility.