The Virginia State Capital is handicapped accessible. With the extensive restoration that has recently been completed, there is no better time to discover all that the new Capitol has to offer. Improvement features include a new Visitor’s Center, cafe and gift shop in the underground extension.
Also, painstaking effort was made to bring the Capitol’s appearance back to its look in the early 1900’s era. A wonderful, architectural blend of new and old, the Capitol carries on themes originally presented by Thomas Jefferson and also caters to a 21st-century visitor’s expectation of what the Commonwealth’s Capitol should be.
Handicapped Accessible Amenities
Access to the Capitol
The new public entrance at Bank and 10th streets is handicapped accessible. Ramps and elevators are available to convey visitors with special needs to the original 1788 Capitol and the 1906 wings.
Access to the General Assembly Building
A wheelchair accessible ramp and door is located at the 9th Street entrance of the building. Please ring the bell located at that door and the Capitol Police will provide entry.
All elevators in the General Assembly Building and Capitol are wheelchair accessible.
Individuals desiring the use of an interpreter during committee meetings should contact House Committee Operations at (804) 698-1540 or Senate Committee Operations at (804) 698-7450 for assistance. Individuals requiring the services of an interpreter should make this request known as far in advance as possible since legislative proceedings will not be delayed to provide this accommodation. Larger committee rooms are equipped with a personal listening system. Individuals may check out a receiver for use during meetings. The TDD number for the House is (804) 786-2369 and the Senate is toll free (866) 267-1474.
The new Capitol Extension and the first floor of the original Capitol offer restrooms that are wheelchair accessible. All floors of the General Assembly Building offer restrooms that are wheelchair accessible.
Handicap Parking: Private vehicles with handicap tags are able to park and unload passengers on Bank Street near the new public entrance. There is no public parking on the Capitol Square grounds.
Capitol Hours: The Capitol building is open to visitors Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guided tours are available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with the last tour commencing at 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, guided tours are available from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with the last tour commencing at 4:00 pm. In addition, Self-Guided tours are available during operating hours each day.
For more information:
Virginia State Capital
9th & Grace Streets
Richmond, VA 23219
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