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  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 am-4:30 pm
  • Saturdays: 10:00 am-4:30 pm
  • Sundays and Holidays: Noon-4:30 pm
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas

  • Hours and Admission
  • Arrival Information
  • Group Visits
  • Self-Guided Tours and Programs
  • Directions and Parking
  • Capitol Amenities

  • Museum Hours and Admission

    Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Sundays and Holidays  Noon - 4:30 pm
    Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

    Admission is free, however donations to support our educational programs are appreciated.

    Arrival Information

    Reception Desk

    When you arrive at the Historic Capitol, please check in at the Reception Desk located on the first floor Rotunda. The first floor is one level above ground and is reached by climbing the stairs on either the east or west sides, or by using an accessible entrance on the northwest side and using the elevator. A staff member or docent will greet you, welcome you to the building, provide background information about the museum, and be available for general assistance. There are exhibits on all three floors, and visitors may download an audio tour prior to arrival. If you are with a group, please confirm with the staff member the size of your group, the amount of time you have for the visit, and the educational program options you desire.

    Proper Behavior

    The Historic Capitol can be quite busy, especially during the legislative session and around elections. We often have more than one group as well as many individual drop-in visitors. Your cooperation in maintaining a quiet atmosphere for other visitors is appreciated. Please have at least one adult per ten students, and typical "library manners" apply. Food and drinks are not permitted in the Museum. Water fountains are available next to the restrooms. Special access is available from the northwest entrance on the courtyard side and with elevators to each floor.

    Small Exhibit Rooms

    Many of the Museum's exhibit rooms have limited space; therefore, groups of not more than 10 students and a chaperone may be in a small exhibit room at any given time.

    Group Visits

    Groups may schedule programs in advanced by clicking the "Request a Group Visit" button below. Teachers and Group Tour Guides can review program descriptions by clicking on the title of each program. Each description includes a listing of Florida Standards (grades K-12) that are covered by each educational program. Daily Programs are always available, but groups of ten or more should schedule in advance to avoid overlap with other groups. Special Programs must be scheduled in advance and are subject to staff availability. If you have any questions regarding the form, please call Historic Capitol staff at (850) 487-1902.



    Daily Programs

    Special Programs

    Photographic Opportunity

    The staircase in the main Rotunda provides a wonderful opportunity for a group photograph. This can be taken just before the Welcome introduction.

    Self-Guided Tours and Programs

    • The Daily Programs listed above are available in a self-guided format. Check in at the Reception Desk for details.
    • We also offer a Self-Guided Civil Rights Tour (PDF) that leads visitors to sites in the building where some of the state’s important chapters in the struggle for African American civil rights took place.  The tour also guides visitors to exhibits that highlight past inequalities and the history of the civil rights movement in the state.
    • Audio Tours may be downloaded to your MP3 player prior to arrival.

    Directions and Parking

    The Historic Capitol is located in the Capitol Complex, at the intersection of Apalachee Parkway and South Monroe Street. Although the museum does not have dedicated parking, there are several parking lots in the area. There is a large public parking garage in Kleman Plaza, close to the Capitol Complex. When the legislature is in session, parking can be especially challenging.

    There is a large public parking garage in Kleman Plaza, just two blocks away. When the Legislature is in Session, parking can be especially challenging.

    • Historic Capitol Parking Information (PDF) Very limited visitor parking is available in the Union Bank parking lot, located across Monroe Street from the Capitol Complex (light blue P on the map). Any numbered space that is NOT marked “Reserved” can be utilized for Complex business. This lot is best for after-hours programs.
    • Capitol Complex ADA Map (PDF) ) Spaces for visitors with disabilities and a sidewalk ramp are located in the Union Bank parking lot. The parking lot entrance is located on Calhoun Street south of Apalachee Parkway.

    Bus Parking

    The temporary Bus Loading Zones are in Lot 32 behind the Knott Building and on the right curb of Madison Street next to the Senate Garage. The Loading Zone is for loading and unloading only and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Double parking is prohibited. Buses should never be left unattended. An unmanned bus will be ticketed and/or towed..

    Capitol Amenities

    Cafeteria & Snack Bar

    • Earley’s at the Capitol is located on the north side of the Lower Level, with a smaller café offering on the 10th floor. Earley’s provides a variety of southern style food choices from breakfast and lunch. The café is open to the general public Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call 850-329-2954 for more information. There are vending machines strategically situated throughout the Capitol. In addition, there are many restaurants conveniently located in the downtown area. Check with the Capitol Welcome Center for additional information.