The State House is a hub of activity year-round and visitors are always welcome. Self-guided tours are available throughout the year. Guided tours for walk-in visitors are offered from late June through October. Group tours (including schools) can be scheduled in advance for any time of year. Most tours are offered at no charge. See details below.
Vermont’s annual legislative session runs from January to May. As space permits, visitors can observe activities in the chambers and committee rooms. No reservations are necessary.
This type of tour allows the visitor to move at one's own pace, and offers both a general and more detailed narrative of the State House. At any time of the year, visitors can pick up an informative map/brochure in the Main Lobby, or check out a free audio tour wand at the Sergeant-at-Arms' office (just off the Main Lobby of the State House). The brochure is available in English, French, Spanish, German, and Chinese.
The audio tour wand is available free of charge (English only). You can also listen to the same tour on your cell phone, by clicking here, calling 802-526-3221 or by using your phone’s QR code scanner. Audio tour stops are found in each of the principal areas of the State House where a "whoosh" icon is displayed on the wall.
Self-guided tours are always available, throughout the year.
GUIDED TOURS (individual and group)
For walk-in visitors, free guided tours are available only from late June through October, and generally last about a half hour. They are offered, Monday-Friday (10:00 AM to 3:30 PM) and Saturdays (11:00 AM to 2:30 PM). These tours depart from the Main Lobby every half hour. Group tours are available throughout the year, but they must be arranged in advance by contacting the State House Tours Coordinator at email@example.com or 802-828-1411.
Bus Tour Operators MUST book their tours by contacting the State House Tours Coordinator too, and must send a check (made out to Friends of the Vermont State House)that covers a charge of $2 per passenger. The mailing address is Vermont State House, 115 State St., Montpelier, VT 05633.If a bus tour group is NOT booking a tour, but wishes to lunch at the State House, those arrangements must be made by calling the State House Cafeteria at 802-828-2252 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.