Bringing the People's House to Life

The NCSCF works with the Capitol staff to bring this National Historic landmark to life for more than 100,000 visitors each year.


Learn more about the Capitol

The Foundation sponsors lectures, children's history programs, concerts, exhibits and the docent program allowing the Capitol to offer all programs to the public at no charge.

Bringing "The People's House" To Life

Help Support Programs for the Education of Our Children and Preserve The Capitol Building for Generations To Come

The North Carolina State Capitol Foundation sponsors lectures, children’s history programs, concerts, exhibits and the docent program, allowing the Capitol to offer all programs to the public at no charge. The Capitol’s signature special events, including the annual July 4th Celebration and Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony are also made possible by the Foundation.


Visit the Capitol:

The Capitol is open to visitors for self-guided tours Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Public tours take place on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (call 919-733-4994 to confirm) Guided tours for groups of 10 or more may be arranged by calling Capital Area Visitor Services at 919-807-7950 or toll-free 866-724-8687 or visiting www.nccapvisit.org

Learn More About the Capitol:

A National Historic Landmark, the N.C. State Capitol is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of the Greek Revival style of architecture in the United States. The Capitol features a domed rotunda and beautiful state Senate and House chambers, meticulously restored to their 1840 appearance. Until 1888, its granite walls housed all of state government and the NC General Assembly met here until 1961. For more on the history of this building, please visit our state historic sites' page on the Capitol.

In February 2024, the Capitol debuted a project that details the use of enslaved labor at the State Capitol. To learn more, visit From Naming to Knowing: Uncovering Slavery at the North Carolina State Capitol at www.namingtoknowing.org


Become a Capitol Docent:

The Capitol relies on volunteers to assist with the many student and adult groups who tour the building each day. No previous experience is required, just a love of history, enjoyment of working with children and a few hours a month to volunteer. Volunteers receive training, a monthly newsletter, very flexible scheduling, the opportunity for additional training and recognition dinners

- Download a Docent Application











Effective May 3, 2023, and until further notice, the North Carolina State Capitol is closed to visitors while construction is underway to replace the copper on the roof and dome, update the HVAC system, and repair damaged stone. We apologize for the inconvenience!




Conservation and preservation of the State Capitol Historic Site is ongoing with many new projects on the horizon.

Would you like to help the SCF preserve the North Carolina State Capitol and its collections?