The Texas State Capitol Building
The capitol building welcomes the public for viewing the impressive senate and house chambers where members deliberate or strolling the acres of manicured lawns. Designed by Elijah E. Myers and completed in 1888, it is a notable example of Italian Renaissance Revival architectural style. In 1993, the Capitol Extension was completed—four stories completely underground with nearly double the space of the original building.Guided tours of varying length are free and delve into the history of the state as well as the architecture of surrounding buildings and parkland.
Must See Sites Around the Capitol Complex
The Texas Capitol offers exhibits and tours on a daily basis that appeal to all ages. Additional special theme tours throughout the year focus on holidays as well as the contributors to Texas history such as notable women, heroes of the Texas revolution, and artists featured through the building.
The Texas Capitol Grounds surrounding the capitol building feature 22 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland with monuments and statutory dedicated to significant historical figures and events. A self-guided tour is available for free
The Texas Capitol Visitor Center offers a museum displaying artefacts from the local area and interactive history exhibits. The Center also offers extensive tourism information for the Capitol, the city of Austin, and the state of Texas.
The Governor’s Mansion is located across from the Capitol grounds and has served as the official home of the Texas governors and their families since 1856. The public areas of the home are open for public tours.