Virginia Capitol Building represents a National Historic Landmark designed by Thomas Jefferson and French architect Charles-Louis Clerisseau. Occupied in 1788, the building also served as the capitol of the Confederacy during the American Civil War and survived a major city fire in April 1865. It was modeled off of the ancient Roman temple Maison Carree. Two new wings for the House and Senate were added by 1906 and an underground visitor center was opened in 2007. You can take a guided tour during scheduled times daily, or opt for a self-guided tour. To visit Virginia Capitol Building and get the most from your holiday in Richmond, create itinerary details personal to you using our Richmond visit planner .
Tours to Virginia Capitol Building
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure - Richmond, VA BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $10
Duration: 2 hours
Zombie Scavengers Game - Richmond, VA BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $20
Duration: 1 hour
Virginia Capitol Building Reviews
I'm glad we were able to see this building, though we were too late to go inside the visit was still worth it. We were late due to trying to find parking with the narrow one way streets exacerbated by... more »
The building has a rich history and uniqueness about it. We did the serlf guided tour and enjoyed the sculptures inside. The statues on the grounds were outstanding. We really enjoyed the monument to ... more »
The actual tour of the Capitol is interesting in itself, but our docent could have been teaching a history class. So much knowledge! The majority of the time is spent in a few chambers so there is not a lot of walking. The information imparted there was of utmost interest and importance. Of course there is s gift shop which contains a variety of treasures. Our first stop in Richmond definitely encouraged us to explore more.
The capitol is always a great stop, it's a mini park with a touch of history. Plenty of statues with plaques to learn from. They hold tours for the mayors house. Plenty of places to sit with water fountains to boot. If this is something your thinking of seeing but not sure it is worth your time then I would suggest you give it a shot.
Places to stay near Virginia Capitol Building
Plan your trip to Richmond
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Side trips from Richmond
Hidden gems in Richmond
View all >
View all >
Plans to Virginia Capitol Building by other users
31 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 10 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM BRAZIL November, culture, outdoors, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Williamsburg BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Richmond BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Williamsburg BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Williamsburg BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium