Hours and Days of Operation

The Capitol building is open to visitors from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Self-Guided tours are available during operating hours each day our Capitol Visitors Brochure will help you get started.

Free one-hour guided tours begin Monday through Saturday no later than 10:00 a.m. for walk-in visitors (9:00 a.m. for groups by appointment), with the last tour commencing at 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, guided tours are available beginning at 1:00 p.m., with the last tour commencing at 4:00 p.m. In addition, self-guided tours are available during operating hours each day.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Review the Capitol Tours Page for information about scheduling a guided tour.

With the reopening of Virginia’s historical capitol building, there are a number of changes and new opportunities for visitors to the capitol.

Accessibility at the Capitol Building:

The new underground extension has wheelchair accessible restrooms, ramps and elevators. There is barrier-free access from the new extension to the original 1788 Capitol and the 1906 legislative wings.

Accessible Parking: Private vehicles with handicap plates are able to park and unload passengers on Bank Street near the new public entrance. There is no public parking on the Capitol Square grounds.

Newly Expanded Capitol: The working space of the Capitol has increased by about one third by means of an underground extension. This new working space features many visitor amenities, including public restrooms, meeting rooms, an exhibit gallery and a cafe.

Dining and Catering

Meriwether’s at the Capitol
Meriwether’s, a Dining Management Company headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia, offers several dining options and venues for guests visiting the Capitol. The cafe in the new Capitol Extension.

Cafe Schedule:
Monday – Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Guests can enjoy a meal in the cafe, which does have limited seating, or use Meriwether’s take-out service. The cafe can be reached by phone at (804)698-7438.

A word of caution to our visitors: Food is not allowed in the original 18th-centry portion of the Capitol.

General Assembly Building:
Meriwether’s also operates a cafeteria in the General Assembly Building on the 6th floor. The cafeteria offers some hot meals, as well as sandwiches and beverages. There is also a sandwich express window open during session each year.

Cafeteria Schedule:
Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Vending machines are located in the basement and floors 2, 3, and 7.

 

Security Guidelines

Individuals visiting the Capitol, General Assembly Building and/or Patrick Henry Building will be asked to pass through metal detectors and all personal belongings will be searched. Due to these security measures currently in place, it is advisable to leave all non-essential personal items in your vehicle.

This information is also available to download as a PDF Visitor Guide for the Capitol. Order copies of this publication and many more on the Publications Page of the General Assembly Website.