OLYMPIA — The Governor’s Mansion Foundation is presenting Black History Month Tours at the Mansion on Wednesdays, February 1 and 8, 2023, at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m./noon and 1 p.m.  The 45-minute tours are free, open to the public and will include information about the Mansion and feature biographical information about notable Black Washingtonians; presented throughout the house by members of the Black community in Thurston County, ending with a short live performance.

Exiting tour-goers will receive a special bookmark/flyer with information about additional resources for Black History in Washington. To learn more about the Black Washingtonians featured on the tour and Black History in Washington go to .

Reservations will be open to the public on January 5, 2023. For reservations, please visit the Department of Enterprise Services website at  (search tours) to complete an online Mansion Tour request form. 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 contact the State Capitol Tour Office at 360.902.8880 or email at (please put in subject line Gov. Mansion Tours).

The tours are hosted by the Governor’s Mansion Foundation docents.  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. 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. Campus parking near the Governor’s Mansion is limited please see Capitol Campus Interactive Map | Department of Enterprise Services ( .

The Governor’s Mansion Foundation is an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan organization and is not associated with the Governor or the Governor’s office. To learn more on becoming a “Friend of the Mansion”, or for more information on GMF, visit .

Noted Thurston County farmer and legislator William Owen Bush Courtesy of Washington State Historical Society 2015.0.75
Dorothy Hollingsworth, Seattle education leader.
Courtesy of a Private Collection