Tours: Frequently Asked Questions
Where is parking available around the Capitol?
The #1 Parking Lot, located across the street from the Capitol at 130 Capitol Avenue, is open to the public when the state legislature is not in session (May –December). There is a $5 parking fee. Please call 404-651-7526 for additional information about this lot.
When the state legislature is in session (January – April), the closest public parking lot is located one block from the Capitol at 65 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (at the former World of Coca-Cola building). Please call 404-872-8868 for additional information about this lot.
Metered parking is available on city streets.
Vans and buses that hold 15 passengers or more, and that are marked with the name of an organization, can park on the right side of Washington Street in front of the Capitol.
Is the Capitol open on weekends and state holidays?
The Capitol is closed on weekends and state holidays.
Is there a charge for tours of the Capitol?
All tours of the Capitol, including viewing our exhibitions, are free of charge.
Are self-guided tours of the Capitol allowed?
Groups of all sizes are allowed to take a self-guided tour of the Capitol Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Reservations are not required for self-guided tours. Visitors can print a copy of the Self-guided Georgia Capitol Tour and the Self-guided Georgia Capitol Grounds Tour to bring with them during their visit.
What are the security guidelines for visiting the Capitol?
All adults must show a photo I.D. upon entering the Capitol. In compliance with security regulations, visitors must enter the Capitol through a metal detector; the X-ray machine must examine hand-carried items. No weapons, including pocketknives, are allowed in the Capitol.
Are pictures allowed in the Capitol?
Pictures are allowed throughout the Capitol, with the exception of the House and Senate Galleries when the General Assembly is in session (January - April).
Can our group meet with our Governor/Legislator and have a photo with him/her?
Any meetings with elected officials must be scheduled separately from your group’s tour through their representatives. Please try to schedule your visit for after your tour completion time.
Is there a gift shop available at the Capitol?
There is not a gift shop available.
Where can I find information about the Capitol and Georgia?
All information provided by the Georgia Capitol Museum is available online. For additional information about Georgia, please contact the Georgia Department of Economic Development at www.exploregeorgia.org or 1-800-VISITGA (847-4842).
Are there places to eat at or near the Capitol?
Cafeterias are located across the street from the Capitol in the Coverdell Legislative Office Building and the James “Sloppy” Floyd Building for those who wish to purchase lunch. Also, the food court at Underground Atlanta is located one block from the Capitol.
Tour groups bringing their own lunch may reserve the Garden Room, located across the street from the Capitol. The room is provided, free of charge, by the Georgia Building Authority. Please contact Sharon Burrow at 404‐656‐3252, or email Sharon.Burrow@gba.ga.gov for additional information and reservations. Additionally, tables and chairs are available outside at the Plaza Park, located across the street from the Capitol. Outside seating is first come, first served.