This is a must see if you visit Austin. It is located on 1100 Congress Avenue. Beautifully nestled on top of a hill and surrounded by gorgeous gardens.
On weekdays it is open from 7 AM to 10 PM. Weekends 9 AM to 8 PM. During legislative sessions the opening hours may be extended.
It is free to enter the building and I was told by the charming guide that this is due to the fact that we pay taxes that pays for the running of this building. Glad to be included as a US tax payer even though I am not. Luckily they do not differentiate between citizens and visitors.
You can choose to wander around on your own or you can follow a guide. The guided tours are also totally free! I chose to follow a guide and did not regret it. They can tell you so much more than what you can read of your little pamphlet.
If you set out on your own remember that the rule is that you can enter any room that is unlocked.
On the day I visited the State Capitol was buzzing with activity. The legislators had been called in especially to pass new legislation. It was interesting to see them in session, having political discussions in the hallway and watching reporters cast live news reports.
Make sure you have plenty of time walking around this beautiful historic building. It is the largest State Capitol, not counting the US Capitol. It is registered on the National Register of Historic Places and it is also designated a National Historic Landmark.
It is definitely an architectural wonder and walking the halls leaves you in awe of the architect, its builders and the amount of history lodged in the walls. If only the walls could speak!
Below are some photographs from the day.