OLYMPIA – The Governor’s Mansion Foundation’s May tours, hosted by foundation docents, will showcase the Mansion grounds in full spring color/cheer while touring all nine public rooms. In addition, and in honor of Memorial Day, past and present Mansion residents and family members who have served in the Armed Forces will be honored along with all veterans who have served. Tour guests will receive a red poppy – the national symbol of remembrance and pledge to “Never Forget” those who served to protect our freedom. The tour will also include the Mansion’s new family photo display highlighting the six state governors in office before the Mansion was completed and the sixteen families who have lived in the Mansion since construction was completed in 1909.  The half-hour tours are set for Wednesdays May 1 and 8th with tour times at 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. To make a reservation visit the Department of Enterprise Services’ website at to complete an online Mansion Tour request form.

Each tour time is open to 30 guests. Visitors to the Georgian-style mansion, situated on a bluff overlooking Capitol Lake, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains will visit all nine public rooms.

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 grounds. Photo by Merrilee MacLean