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Touring Tips

  • Schedule early. Scheduling tours for the next year begins the first weekday in August. By December, most of the prime times for the spring are taken. The spring is School Field Trip Season.

  • For your safety and the safety of others, as well as for quality tour purposes, group size is limited to 80 (total of students and chaperones combined) for each tour group scheduled. Smooth evacuations are hindered with larger groups.

  • Call us first before scheduling other Harrisburg venues. We can tentatively hold several dates and times for you.

  • Keep in mind, the State Museum is OPEN ten (10) Mondays and ten (10) Tuesdays in the spring to help accommodate school field trips (otherwise, the State Museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays).

  • There are four (4) public entrances to the capitol. They are: front door on Third Street, East Wing entrance on Commonwealth Avenue (this is the handicapped entrance); North Office Building on North Street (across from the Keystone Building), and the Irvis Office Building entrance on South Drive (accessible through capitol park area off Walnut Street).

  • During the week groups MUST enter through the East Wing Entrance on Commonwealth Avenue (by the fountain). Capitol Police will not permit groups exceeding 20 to enter through the front door on Third Street during the week.

  • Be aware of security procedures. Even if you’ve visited before, it is in your best interest to obtain the most recent, up-to-date security information.

  • Allow at least 15 minutes to be processed through security. Even if you are not part of a group, you may end up behind one entering the building. Items confiscated will NOT be returned. Promote, If you don't need it; don't bring it.

  • Group leaders should check in with the tour guide at the Information Desk just inside the East Wing and Main Rotundas.

  • Bus parking is available at both the State Farm Show complex, 717-787-5373, and on City Island. Parking garages for smaller vehicles are conveniently located in the areas surrounding the capitol complex. Information on City Island and garage parking is available at http://harrisburgparking.org/.

  • Incorporate time into the day's activities for restroom breaks. It is important to be on time for your tour to maintain your schedule for the day and to avoid delays for other scheduled groups.

  • Lunch tables are scheduled by calling the Tour Guide Office, 800-868-7672.

  • Brown bagged lunches should be in boxes or coolers and distinctly marked with the school name. Do not leave these boxes or coolers next to a trash can. They will be discarded.

  • Please let us know if you must cancel your visit by calling 800-868-7672.