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Visitors to the Capitol should plan to enter the building via the east (front) entrance throughout the construction of Heritage Hall (2019-2021). Visitors coming from Walnut Street or the Capitol Complex Mall will need to use the south (Allegan Street) sidewalk and enter the Capitol via the east (front) entry.

School tours coming from the Michigan Historical Museum or the Hall of Justice are encouraged to transport students to the Capitol by bus and drop them off on Walnut Street in the marked “School Bus Parking” area.

Be advised that eastbound I -496 from 96 to Waverly Road will be completely closed for MDOT construction from April to July 2020 and westbound lanes will be closed from July-November 2020. Please allow at least 15 minutes extra travel time. You may follow the recommended MDOT detour or plan an alternate route—see link below to map. You may also contact our staff for alternate route information at 517/373-2353.

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Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Self-guided tour booklets available Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A picture of the Michigan State Library.
The Michigan State Capitol, seen from Michigan Avenue in downtown Lansing. For many years the Capitol’s dome was lit with approximately 800 incandescent lightbulbs.
Image Courtesy of the Michigan State Capitol Archive, Lawler Collection

New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Presidents' Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Holiday (Thursday - Sunday)
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year's Eve

If the officially recognized state holiday falls on a weekend the Capitol is closed the preceding Friday or the Monday following the holiday. The Capitol is closed on the Saturdays of holiday weekends except for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, and Veterans Day. Please call 517-373-2353 to verify open or closed status surrounding the holidays.

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In addition to the hours posted above, when either house of the legislature or a legislative committee is in session prior to 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m., or on Saturday, Sunday or a holiday, the building shall be open to the public 30 minutes before commencement of the session and closed 30 minutes after adjournment of the Senate, House of Representatives, or legislative committee.