Capitol Tours

at Missouri State Museum

The Missouri Capitol embodies the history and resources of the state through its architecture, artworks and materials. The Missouri State Museum offers free guided tours of the Capitol year-round (except New Year’s, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas actual and observed). Reservations made at least 24 hours in advance are required. To reserve a tour, click here, or call the museum at 573-751-2854.

What to Expect on Tour

The Missouri Capitol is a working building housing the Missouri General Assembly and offices of state officials and legislators. Tours of the Capitol may vary depending on the events or activities scheduled in the building, or the person guiding the tour. Expect to spend 45 minutes to one hour on tour. Tours are conducted primarily in the hallways and public spaces of the building and highlight the history of the state through the artworks and architecture of the building.

Access to some of the Capitol’s most famous artworks, including Thomas Hart Benton’s “Social History of the State of Missouri,” is limited. The House Lounge, where Benton’s Mural is located, is closed to public tours for much of the session of the Missouri General Assembly (January through mid-May), except on weekends. Group size in the room is also limited to 10 people. Due to these limitations, many groups on tour will not be able to view the painting.

Tour Schedule:

Reservations are required for all individuals and groups and are to be made at least 24 hours in advance. The maximum group size is 30 people. Multiple small groups may be scheduled for the same tour, so please have an exact headcount when making reservations.

February through May
Tours start every half hour beginning and 9 a.m. (excluding the noon hour). The last reservable tour begins at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Tours may be scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

June through August
Tours start at the top of the hour beginning at 9 a.m. (excluding the noon hour) with the last reservable tour beginning at 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and at 11 a.m. on Friday. Tours may be scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

September and October
Tours start every half hour beginning and 9 a.m. (excluding the noon hour). The last tour begins at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Tours may be scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

November through January
Tours start at the top of the hour beginning at 9 a.m. (excluding the noon hour) with the last reservable tour beginning at 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and at 11 a.m. on Friday. Tours may be scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.