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