Texas State Capitol

The State Capitol building in Austin, Texas

Where Texas is Run

The Texas State Capitol is located in Austin, Texas, and is the home of the Texas legislature and the office of the governor. Just looking at the statehouse from the outside will leave no doubt as to what other famous government building served as its architecutral inspiration: of course it is the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The current Texas State Capitol is the third building of its kind and was constructed in 1885 after a fire destroyed the building on the same site.

Getting to know the inside of the Texas State Capitol is a real piece of cake, as you might be pleased to learn that you don’t have to start a career in politics after all to get to look inside. Texas’ State Capitol is open to visitors every day of the year and offers self-guided, as well as free guided tours, that will treat you to some more interesting facts as you tour the main rooms of the historic statehouse.

Guided tours generally last for about 30 minutes and depart from inside the South Foyer every 30 to 45 minutes.

Nearby Things to See in Austin

1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

Opening hours

Mon - Fri: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Quick facts

  • Built in an Italian Renaissance Revival style

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