Texas Capitol


The capitol’s elegant dome is made of Texas granite and is said to be second in size only to the U.S. Capitol dome. Construction on the structure began in 1882 and continued for six years. Free, guided, 45-minute tours of the building give you a real sense of the Lone Star State’s political history. Along the way you’ll see the grand rotunda with its beautiful terrazzo tile floor; the House and Senate chambers and galleries; paintings depicting famous scenes from Texas history; and life-size statues of Stephen F. Austin (the Father of Texas) and Sam Houston (renowned general and statesman). Tours are offered daily and begin every 15 minutes in the South Foyer (just inside the heavy front doors). A visitor's center, located on the southeast corner of the grounds, can provide up-to-date information about the capitol, Austin, and beyond.


1100 Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701


30.27971900, -97.74027600

Open Hours

Weekdays 7 am--10 pm; weekends 9--8
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(512) 463-0063

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