Governor’s Mansion library. Photo by Merrilee MacLean.

OLYMPIA – The Georgian-style Olympia Governor’s Mansion, situated on a bluff overlooking Capitol Lake, Puget Sound and the Olympia Mountains is the oldest building on the capital campus. June is the last month until October to tour the historic landmark as the public tours will close July through September for annual maintenance.

Wednesday’s, June 5 and 12th tours will be held at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  Each 30-minute tour is open to only 30 visitors and is hosted by the Governor’s Mansion Foundation docents. For reservations visit the Department of Enterprise Services’ website at to complete an online Mansion Tour request form.

On the tour, guests will visit the public first floor rooms – The Great Hall, Drawing Room, Library, Family Room Gallery, West and East Corridor, State Dining Room and Ballroom, and hear about the historical and cultural significance of the mansion’s furnishings, art and library collections. Also, tours will see a family photo display of the six state governors who served before the mansion’s completion and sixteen families who have lived there since its construction in 1909. In addition, this will be the last tour showing of the current art exhibit, featuring the work of four artists, Barbara Earl Thomas, Hiawatha D., Steve Jensen and William Brennen.

Reservations MUST be made at least 24 hours in advance. However, tours fill up fast so the earlier you make your reservation, the better. For questions or additional information, please email the State Capitol Tour Office at (please put in subject line Gov. Mansion Tours). Adult tour guests must present photo identification and all visitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Masks are not required. No umbrellas, strollers or food/drink will be allowed on the tour. The Mansion is accessible to wheelchairs and walkers.

Visitors must walk a 200-yard incline up the Mansion. Campus parking is limited so see the Capitol Campus Interactive Map

Cancellation Policy – If you need to cancel your reservation, please do so with at least 72 hours’ notice (3 days) prior to your tour date. Call the Tour Office at 360.902.8880 to cancel your tour. Leave a message if no one answers. A waiting list is maintained for these tours and those not showing for their scheduled times do limit others wanting to attend. While last-minute issues are sometimes unavoidable, please make every effort to give adequate notice of cancellation.

The Governor’s Mansion Foundation, an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan organization, honors the historical and cultural significance of the Washington State Governor’s Mansion by maintaining and enhancing the furnishings, art and library collection in the public rooms of the mansion, educating the public about the mansion and its history, and advocating on its behalf. The Governor’s Mansion Foundation is independent of the Governor’s office and the Governor. To learn more on becoming a “Friend of the Mansion”, or for more information on GMF, visit

Governor’s Mansion library. Photo by Merrilee MacLean.
Governor’s Mansion library. Photo by Merrilee MacLean.