The Pennsylvania Capitol

The State Capitol in Harrisburg offers daily 30-minute tours, as well as a Welcome Center with activities for children. President Theodore Roosevelt described the Capitol as “the handsomest capitol I ever saw.”

The Capitol

The Capitol was dedicated on October 4th, 1906, and is a National Historic Landmark.

Capitol Dome Interior

The Capitol Rotunda features a 52-million pound dome that’s modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.


The marble Grand Staircase and three-tiered gallery were inspired by the Paris Opera.

Capitol Rotunda

The Senate Chamber is walled with green marble from Ireland.


The House Chamber is decorated with 24-karate gold leaf and crystal chandeliers.

The House Chamber

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court features a stained glass dome.

Supreme Court Dome

The Governor’s Reception Room is used for news conferences and bill-signings.

Governor's Office

A printable kids activities book and kids Pennsylvania coloring book are available.

More Pennsylvania Capitol Teacher Tools can be found here.



1 comment to The Pennsylvania Capitol

  • The State Capitol is definitely worth a trip! After my first visit with friends, I want to go back and bring my family. Your photos came out a lot better than mine! Thank you for capturing the building’s beauty!