State Capitol is on Capitol Hill. A magnificent building in a 13-acre park, the Capitol covers 2 acres and contains more than 600 rooms. The 272-foot dome, bronze doors, statuary, mural paintings and stained-glass windows are notable features. The marble grand staircase is designed after the one in the Paris Grand Opera House. Flanking the central entrance are two groups of statuary by the Pennsylvania-born sculptor George Grey Barnard. Guests can watch proceedings of the House and Senate. A permanent display and featured exhibits allow visitors to learn about the Pennsylvania Senate. The welcome center, in the East Wing of the Capitol, offers interactive exhibits.
Note: All visitors must pass through metal detectors; all bags and packages will be X-rayed and are subject to hand inspection. The security screening may require a whole body pat-down.
Thirty-minute guided tours are offered Mon.-Fri. every half-hour 8:30-4, Sat.-Sun. and most holidays at 9, 11, 1 and 3. Welcome center open Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30. Food is available Mon.-Fri. 7:30-2. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.