The Vermont State House is one of the oldest and best preserved of our nation's state capitols. After nearly 160 years, the State House still commands the cityscape of Montpelier, the smallest capital city in America, and its House and Senate Chambers are the oldest actively used legislative chambers in their original condition in the United States. The building and its permanent collection are one of the state’s principal visitor attractions, but in addition, the work of contemporary Vermont artists is often featured in rotating gallery spaces in the cafeteria and adjacent cardroom.
VERMONT STATE HOUSE IS OPEN TO VISITORS
The State House is currently open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. for self-touring only. If you need assistance, contact the Sergeant at Arms’ office at 802-828-2228 or by email using the link below. In case of an emergency, call Capitol Police at 802-828-2273; please let it ring until you receive an answer.
Touring the State House
- HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM
Open year-round except state holidays
- Free Audio or Cell Phone Tours year round
- Free Guided Tours late June through October every half hour
Monday – Friday, 10 AM to 3:30 PM | Saturdays, 11 AM to 2:30 PM
- Group and School Tours must be prearranged by calling or emailing the State House Tours Coordinator at 802 461-9923 or 802 828-2228. Bus tours are encouraged to contribute $2 per passenger.
- Under the Dome Gifts is open late June through October with hours that correspond with guided tours; a satellite gift cart is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from February through April
Farmers Night Concert Series
The Farmers Night Concert Series is a longstanding State House tradition. Artists from around the state, in genres ranging from classical music to bluegrass to barbershop, perform at 7:30 pm in the well of the House Chamber each Wednesday night during most of the legislative season, from late January through mid-April. All performances are free of charge!