The Capitol is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Capitol is closed weekends and holidays. During Legislative sessions, the hours the Capitol is open to the public are extended if either of the two houses of the Legislature is still in session.
Accessing the Capitol
Visitors are asked to enter the Capitol using the West entrance. Visitors are required to pass through metal detectors and show photo identification when entering the Capitol.
Guided tours of the Capitol are provided free of charge by staff of the Tennessee State Museum. These tours leave from the Information Desk on the First Floor of the Capitol every hour, on the hour. The first tour begins at 9 a.m. and the final tour begins at 3 p.m. Visitors can also learn about the Capitol on a self-guided tour using the informational pamphlet available at the Information Desk.If you are coming to the Capitol with a large group and are interested in a guided tour, you are requested to schedule your visit in advance with the Tennessee State Museum by calling (615) 741-0830.
On Legislative (meeting) days, visitors may view the Senate and the House of Representatives from their respective galleries. The galleries can be accessed by using the stairwells located on the Second Floor of the Capitol.
Individuals visiting the Capitol are asked to use the metered spaces around the Capitol complex or any of the public parking lots in the downtown area.