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What can I see on the Campus?

The Washington State Capitol Campus has many sights and attractions for visitors to enjoy. Many are outdoors, and so can be visited every day, all year round. Some buildings are open to the public most days, while others can only be viewed as part of a tour.

The Legislative Building

The Legislative Building, completed in 1928, is open to the public every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. A free 60 minute guided tour is available to visitors. Tours begin at the Tour Information Desk which is located on the second floor of the Legislative Building, just inside the main entrance doors. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to groups of 25 or fewer per tour time. For larger groups please contact the tour office at (360) 902-8880.

  • Tours begin on the hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends.
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Accessiblilty information for the Legislative Building

  • Southeast and south entrances of the Legislative Building are designated as ADA accessible.
  • All public elevators are ADA accessible and are located on the south side of the building.
  • ADA accessible restrooms are located on all four levels of the Legislative Building.
  • ADA parking spaces are also conveniently located near the southeast and south entrances of the Legislative Building. View the visitor campus parking map for more ADA parking locations.
  • The Visitor Services Office retains four wheelchairs that are available for visitor use as well. They include 2 small, 1 medium, and 1 large wheelchairs. The Visitor Services Office is located in Room 111, just inside the southeast entrance of the Legislative Building.
  • For additional ADA accommodation assistance, please contact the State Capitol Visitor Services Office at (360) 902-8883 or tours@des.wa.gov

The Governor’s Mansion

Washington’s Governor’s Mansion is the oldest building on the Capitol Campus, and has been home to Washington’s governors since 1909.

Tours of the mansion are free: the mansion can only be visited as part of a tour group, and tours are available most Wednesdays. Please use the online tour request form or call (360) 902-8880 to reserve a date and time to tour the mansion.

The Temple of Justice

Completed in 1912, The Temple of Justice houses the Washington State Supreme Court and the State Law Library. The Temple of Justice is open for public viewing 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.