Visit the Washington State Capitol

Things to See on the Capitol Campus


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.

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.