Kansas State Capitol Building

 10th and Jackson
Topeka, Kansas 66612
(785) 296-3966

Self guided tours:
8 AM to 5PM Monday - Friday      8AM - 1PM Saturday

Free Capitol Building Tours Monday - Friday
January - May:  9, 10, 11, 1, 2 and 3
June - December: 9, 11, 1 and 3

Free Dome Tours starting Feb 3, 2014

Kansas State Capitol Dome - Topeka, Kansas
The Kanza figure at the top is named Ad Astra (to the stars).
Kansas State Capitol building - Topeka

The best free attraction in the Kansas State Capital is the Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka, Kansas. The Capitol is open to visitors from 8AM - 5PM, Monday through Friday and 8AM - 1PM on Saturday, with free tours conducted by the State Historical Society 4 - 6 times during the day on weekdays. The hours posted above are subject to change, so be sure to call (785) 296-3966 to confirm times in advance.

Construction of the Kansas State Capitol Building began in 1866. Although the Capitol Building was in use by the legislature starting in 1869, it took 37 years and $3,200,000 to complete. The Capitol is 399 feet by 386 feet, and 304 feet to the top of the cupola. The stone is brown sandstone from the bluffs along Deer Creek, near Vinewood, in Shawnee County, Kansas.

For years there were free tours to the top of the capitol dome taking 45 minutes and climbing 296 steps from the 5th floor of the building to view both the interior and the surrounding community. But they were discontinued for several years, while $330,000,000 in renovations were done to the building. They are starting back up on February 3, 2014.

This page will be updated soon with new photos and information about the renovated Kansas State Capitol.

John Brown - John Steuart Curry Murals
John Steuart Curry's John Brown mural - the capitol has many murals painted by Curry in 1940-1941

Kansas House of Representatives Chamber
The Chamber of the House of Representatives


 

Kansas State Senate Chamber
Senate Chamber viewed from the president's rostrum. There are 28 hand cast bronze columns
decorated with morning glories and roses. 

Kansas State Library
Notice the glass floor in the Kansas State Library on the third level of the State Capitol

Kansas State Flag from space
Kansas State Flag which orbited the earth in the space shuttle Columbia (STS-2)
on November 12 - 14, 1981

Kansas State Capitol Dome
Interior of Kansas State Capitol Dome from the main floor

Kansas State Capitol Dome Tours Kansas State Historical Society's Capitol web site
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