State Capitol

Government – Architecture

The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark.

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To schedule a group of 10 or more for a guided tour of the State Capitol or Executive Mansion, please call Capital Area Visitor Services (CAVS) at least two weeks ahead of your intended visit at 919-807-7950 or 866-724-8687. More information about scheduling tours of the state attractions in downtown Raleigh can be found on the CAVS website.

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  • April 19:
    Drinks with a Prohibitionist

    Thursday, 7 - 9 pm
    Carry A. Nation is taking a break from her busy schedule of smashing saloons for a night at the State Capitol! Join the Capitol for a casual evening of drinks and conversation with legendary saloon smasher Carry A. Nation. From 7-9pm, we'll have beer, wine, and food in the Capitol's rotunda.
    When theatrical temperance speaker Carry A. Nation toured North Carolina in 1907, she did not like what she observed. She saw a state where alcohol was widely used, claiming that Salisbury, NC was second only to Chicago as "the whiskeyest-soaked city in the United States." Nation was a fiery temperance speaker, known internationally for her "hatchetations," where she went into bars and saloons to smash fixtures and merchandise with a hatchet.
    This event will feature a Carry Nation reenactor. Take a "selfie" with her, or chat with her about a "drunkard's fate" while you sip your beverages. The Capitol's new exhibit "Inflamed by Spirits: North Carolina's Role in Temperance and Prohibition" will also be on display. TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE THURSDAY, MARCH 1st. Tickets are $20 each, can be purchased online through EventBrite, and include admission, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a reproduction lapel pin based on hatchet pins that Nation sold to cover her jail fines. This event is ages 21 and up. Beer will be provided by Raleigh Brewing Company. Come join us for a true Throwback Thursday, have a drink, and hang out with Carry Nation, a known prohibitionist!

  • Stay tuned for more upcoming events . . .

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Contact Us

Street Address:
One East Edenton Street
Raleigh, N.C.

Mailing Address:
4624 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C.27699-4624

Phone: (919) 733-4994
Fax: (919) 715-4030

Hours of Operation

Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and most major state holidays. Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation.


Self-guided Tours:

Guided Tours:
Saturday: 11 a.m., 2 p.m.


Admission is free. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.

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