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State Capitol Temporarily Closed to Visitors
In an abundance of caution for the protection of our visitors, visitation and public tours of the State Capitol are currently suspended. We will update this page when we have more information. In the meantime, we welcome your visit to the Tennessee State Museum at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and the Military Branch of the Tennessee State Museum in the War Memorial Building.
Once the Capitol opens again, the staff of the Tennessee State Museum will offer free general guided tours and guided Women's Suffrage tours - of the historic State Capitol and the grounds surrounding the building.
Hours for Regular Guided Tours:
Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Hours for Women’s Suffrage Tour (Fridays at 1 p.m.)
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which happened in Tennessee on August 18, 1920, The Tennessee State Museum offers a new guided Women’s Suffrage-themed tour of the historic Tennessee State Capitol. The tour tells the story of women’s suffrage, which secured the right to vote for women nationwide, in the place where it happened. Join us to learn more about the movement in Tennessee, how local suffragists mobilized support and what happened in those fateful moments leading up to the climactic vote in the House Chamber. Approximate tour time: 45 minutes.
All regular and Women's Suffrage tours begin at the Information Desk on the first floor. No reservations are required.
Groups of ten or more should make a reservation prior to their visit by filling out the Field Trip request for here: https://tnmuseum.org/field-trips-and-reservations.
Please note: the Tennessee State Capitol is closed to visitors on weekends and state holidays. Click here for a list of state holidays.
Location and Access:
600 Dr. Martin L King, Jr. Blvd., at the top of Capitol Hill.
When visiting the State Capitol, visitors may enter the building at the west entrance and go through the security check. Tours begin at the Information Desk located on the first floor across from the main stairwell. The Motlow Tunnel entrance to the State Capitol on Dr. Martin L King, Jr. Blvd. may be used by individuals who cannot climb the stairs to the west entrance. Visitors with special needs should call 615-741-1886 during regular office hours (Mon.-Fri. between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
Get directions via Google Maps
Planning Your Visit:
There is no private parking for the Tennessee State Capitol. During the week, visitors must park in paid lots or at street parking meters. On weekends, visitors may park free in the state employee parking lots around the State Capitol.
All street metered spaces are free to the public Monday-Friday after 6 p.m. and Saturday after 12 p.m. (Note: some meters may have reserved jackets and are closed to public use during these times.)
Click here for a complete list of parking lots and fees
Walking, Biking & Public Transportation:
The Tennessee State Capitol is centrally located in Downtown Nashville. Walking Tour maps that include tours of both downtown as well as in and around the area are available for purchase at Nashville Civic Design Center for $5.
Bike racks are located at 6th Avenue North and Union Street. There is also a Nashville Bi-Cycle bikeshare dock located in that area. Bikes can be rented at Nashville B-Cycle. Click here for more information about rates and stations.
There is a nearby stop on the free service offered by the Music City Circuit. Click here for more information on route and hours of operation.
The Tennessee State Capitol stands today much as it did when it first opened in 1859, and is a magnificent tribute to the people of Tennessee. This graceful structure was designed by noted architect William Strickland who considered it his crowning achievement. When Strickland died suddenly during construction in 1854, he was buried in the north facade of the Capitol.
The cornerstone for the building was laid on July 4, 1845, and construction finished in 1859. The grounds of the State Capitol contain statues honoring Sam Davis, Sgt. Alvin York, and Presidents Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson. The tombs of President and Mrs. James K. Polk are also located on the Capitol grounds.
One of the oldest working capitols in the United States, the Tennessee State Capitol serves as home of the Tennessee General Assembly and houses the governor’s office. The building, one of 12 state capitols that does not have a dome, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and named a National Historic Landmark in 1971.
Taking photographs is allowed in the State Capitol, but you must turn your flash off.
Language Assistance Policy:
The State Museum is committed to providing programs for the educational and cultural enrichment of all our visitors and program participants. We respectfully request that individuals or groups who wish to request language assistance because of a limited ability to speak or understand English please contact the museum at least five (5) business days prior to the date of the requested museum program or service. Please follow this link for more information.