Friday, August 05, 2005

State Rep Encourages Residents to Visit State Capitol Building

Rep. Jeffrey Habay (R-Allegheny) would like to encourage area residents to visit the Commonwealth's historic Capitol, located in Harrisburg.

Guided tours of the Capitol last about 40 minutes and are offered every half hour, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and weekends at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Capitol is closed for tours on New Year's Day, Christmas Day, Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving.

Visitors can also explore the hands-on Welcome Center, which provides the opportunity to read, listen and interact with 18 colorful and informative exhibits. The center is located in the East Wing and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A gift shop is also available.

Many consider the Pennsylvania Capitol to be one of the most beautiful in the nation. At the building’s dedication ceremony in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt described Pennsylvania's Capitol as "the handsomest building I ever saw." Tours allow visitors to view the architecture and the collections of art and sculptures from the Italian Renaissance-style statehouse while exploring Pennsylvania government at work.

Due to the high demand for Capitol tours, it is important to schedule a tour as soon as possible in order secure a convenient time and date. Reservations are only necessary for groups of 10 or more; otherwise, visitors can join the tours at their convenience. Please note that the tour guide office does not require school approval of a field trip before a tour is scheduled.

Reservations can be made by calling Habay's district office at (412) 492-0270 or the tour office at (800) 868-7672. For more information about tours of the State Capitol, log onto

Rep. Jeffrey Habay
30th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(412) 492-0270
(717) 783-7426
Contact: Erin Shay
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 705-2024

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