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Oklahoma State Capitol Tours

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The Oklahoma State Capitol offers an incredible, one-of-a-kind educational experience for Oklahoma school children, families, and visitors from around the world. Art, history, and government are together in one space, offering an extraordinary destination unlike any other in Oklahoma. At the center of the experience, managed by the Oklahoma Arts Council, collections of artworks located throughout six floors of rotundas, corridors, and galleries, make the Oklahoma State Capitol the largest public art museum in the state.

Tour programs for the Oklahoma State Capitol are operated by the Oklahoma Arts Council on behalf of the State of Oklahoma. The agency leverages staff expertise in leading a museum-quality docent program that brings to life the Capitol artwork and creates an unforgettable journey in art, history, and government as one tours The People’s House.

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Guided Tours

Guided tours led by trained volunteer docents are available at no cost. Guided tours last 45-60 minutes.

Guided tours may be impacted by holidays, inclement weather, and other factors. If you have questions about the availability of guided tours, email tours@arts.ok.gov, call (405) 521-6813, or check our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Self-Guided Tours

The Oklahoma State Capitol is open for self-guided tours weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and weekends, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On weekdays, visitors should enter the building using the south visitor entrance. On weekends and holidays, visitors must enter the building using the west entrance. Download a map of the Capitol complex. No advance notice is needed for self-guided tours.

Information about the Capitol art can be found at arts.ok.gov. Materials for download are in development—check back soon!

School Field Trips

Schools are encouraged to bring students of all ages on field trips to the Oklahoma State Capitol. The Oklahoma Arts Council offers a field trip grant program that reimburses schools statewide for eligible expenses to bring students to the Capitol. Schools can arrange guided tours or take self-guided tours. Guided field trip tours last 45-60 minutes and cover a variety of topics in art, history, and government. Adult chaperones must accompany all groups of students during guided and self-guided tours. One adult chaperone over the age of 18 is required for every 15 students.

Questions can be directed to (405) 521-6813 or tours@arts.ok.gov.

Field Trip Grants for Schools

The Oklahoma Arts Council offers grant funding that reimburses schools for eligible expenses to bring students on field trips to the Oklahoma State Capitol. Bus expenses, substitute teacher expenses, and more may be paid for through our Capitol Field Trip Grant program. Schools that apply for a field trip grant must schedule a guided tour.

Apply for a Capitol Art Field Trip Grant

Location and Hours

The Oklahoma State Capitol is located at 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City (view map). The Capitol is open to the public weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and weekends 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On weekdays, visitors should enter the building using the south visitor entrance. On weekends and holidays, visitors must enter the building using the west entrance.

Guided tours may be impacted by holidays, inclement weather, and other factors. If you have questions about the availability of guided tours, email tours@arts.ok.gov, call (405) 521-6813, or check our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Parking and Entering the Capitol

Parking is available in the lot south of the Capitol. Groups may be dropped off by an entrance before parking. Download a map of the Capitol complex.

On weekdays, visitors should enter the building using the south visitor entrance. On weekends and holidays, visitors must enter the building using the west entrance.

Upon entry, all visitors must proceed through a security checkpoint. Metal items such as phones and keys must be removed and scanned. See a list of prohibited items.

Accessibility

All spaces included on tours are ADA compliant. The Oklahoma State Capitol has a wheelchair that can be used on a first come, first served basis. The Oklahoma Arts Council has voice amplifiers that tour guides can use during your tour—advanced notice is required. Stools are available on a first-come first-served basis for visitors who may have trouble standing for long periods of time. If you require an accommodation, please contact our Curator of Education and Engagement or email tours@arts.ok.gov.

Tour FAQs

What will I see on my guided tour?

Guided tours last between 45 and 60 minutes as participants are led through six floors of the historic Oklahoma State Capitol building, a neo-classical structure that completed a full restoration in 2022. Trained docents will guide participants on the tour, sharing stories and highlighting details about the Capitol artwork, the history of Oklahoma, the activities of state government, and more. Completed in 1917, the Oklahoma State Capitol is the only capitol in the nation to house all three branches of government. The historic building comprises over 11 acres of floor space and is home to hundreds of artworks from several state-owned collections managed by the Oklahoma Arts Council.

How much does a tour of the Oklahoma State Capitol cost?
All tours of the Oklahoma State Capitol are free.

How much notice do I give to receive a guided tour?
Requests must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of a guided tour.

Where should I park and enter?
Parking is available in the lot south of the Capitol. On weekdays, visitors should enter the building using the south visitor entrance. On weekends and holidays, visitors must enter the building using the west entrance. Download a map of the Capitol complex.

What amenities can I expect at the Oklahoma State Capitol?
In addition to the dynamic learning experience in art, history, and government, visitors can shop for gifts and souvenirs in the Oklahoma State Capitol Tourism and Information Center and Gift Shop on the ground floor. Visitors can also purchase food at the cafe on the ground floor.

May I take photos on my tour?
Yes, we encourage visitors to take photos during their tours. However, please do not use your flash.

Can I post photos to social media?
Yes, we encourage visitors to share their experience on social media. Please tag the Oklahoma Arts Council when you post!

Facebook: facebook.com/oklahomaartscouncil
Twitter: twitter.com/okartscouncil
Hashtag: #okcapitolart

How can I find out more about the Capitol art?
The Oklahoma Arts Council website features entire sections of information about the artwork at the Captiol. Visit arts.ok.gov to read about the artwork.

What if bad weather is predicted?
Your safety is our priority. If inclement weather posing travel risks is predicted for the area near the Capitol, tours may be canceled. To find out if tours have been canceled, check our Facebook and Twitter pages or call (405) 521-6813. If bad weather is predicted in your area of the state and you need to cancel a scheduled tour, call (405) 521-6813.

Who to Contact for Help

For questions about tours of the Oklahoma State Capitol, contact (405) 521-6813 or email tours@arts.ok.gov.