OLYMPIA, Wash – Fall is a great time to see the Washington state Capitol Campus and Governor’s Mansion with all the fall foliage.

To tour the Mansion, make your reservations now for September on a first-come, first-served basis. Each tour is open to 25 guests every Wednesday. The tours are hosted by the Governor’s Mansion Foundation and times are 1, 1:20 and 1:40 p.m.  Reservations MUST be made at least 24-hours in advance. To make a reservation go to . For questions or additional information, please contact the State Capitol Tour Office at (360) 902-8880.

Fall colors at the Governor’s Mansion. Photo by Diane Waiste

Adult tour guests must present photo identification and all visitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 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 to the entrance.

Visitors to the Georgian-style mansion, situated on a bluff overlooking Capitol Lake, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, will get a 25- minute walking tour of the Mansion. The circa-1908 Mansion is the oldest building on Olympia’s Capitol Campus. Visitors will get guided tours of the Mansion’s permanent collection of antique furnishings and Northwest artwork, including the renowned wall-size murals of Washington scenes in the state dining room.

The Governor’s Mansion Foundation, an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan organization, hosts weekly tours of the Mansion on most Wednesdays (except holidays and the month of August).  To learn more on becoming a “Friend of the Mansion”, or for more information on the GMF, visit

Note: Guided public tours of the Legislative (Capitol) Building are offered Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No reservations are needed for these free public tours which occur every hour, on the hour, and last 50 minutes. Tours begin just inside the main entrance doors of the Legislative Building.