Filming for the feature film Selma will take place
in the Capitol complex on Friday, June 27. Please
make note of the following:
Thursday, June 26: Capitol opens to public 8:00 to
4:45. Dexter Avenue and Union Street entrances open.
Washington Avenue, Bainbridge Street, and Dexter
Avenue closed adjacent to Capitol. Expect limited
Friday, June 27: Capitol opens to public 8:00 to
4:45. No guided group tours but walk-ins welcome.
Union Street entrance open. Dexter Avenue Entrance,
West Lawn, and Front Steps of Capitol closed due to
filming. Washington Avenue, Bainbridge Street, and
Dexter Avenue closed adjacent to Capitol. Expect
Saturday, June 28: Normal operations.
Completed in 1851, this National Historic Landmark
is a museum of state history and politics. Additions
to the building were made several times. The Capitol
was restored in 1992. The Confederacy began in the
original Senate chamber and the Selma to Montgomery
1965 Voting Rights March ended on the street in
front of the building. Today, the governor and other
executive branch officers still occupy offices in
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Working state capitol, historic rooms, rotating
exhibits, museum store, monuments, and grounds
Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed state
Find Us / Contacts
600 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Saturdays: Use rear entrance at 1 North Union Street
Directions: Take exit 1, I-85, and turn north on
Union Street. Continue 1/2 mile. The Capitol is on
the left after Washington Avenue.
Christy Carl, Site Director
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Alabama State Capitol
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Tours and Education
Contact the Tour Office at (334) 242-3935 or
Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Self-guided tours are available to individuals and
small groups. Guided tours are by appointment only
and are scheduled hourly for groups of 15 or more.
Guided tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Use rear entrance at 1 North Union Street -- Guided tours are available at 9, 11, 1, and 3 to
individuals and groups. (No self-guided tours on
Saturday.) Tours last approximately 45
minutes. Pre-arrangement suggested, but not
required, for groups of 15 or more.
The site director is available for curriculum needs
or other special requirements. Contact Christy Carl
at (334) 242-3188.
Contact the Events Office at (334) 242-0347 to
schedule programs on the grounds or inside the
building. Events must be state-sponsored.
In 1846, following Cahawba and Tuscaloosa,
Montgomery became Alabama's capital city. The first
capitol building, a handsome Greek Revival structure
designed by Philadelphia architect Stephen Button,
was built in 1847. In 1849 the building burned.
Between 1850-51, the present capitol building, also
in the Greek Revival style, was constructed on the
same site. A rear wing was added in 1885 and the two
side wings between 1906 and 1912. A rear extension
with a neoclassical portico similar to the original
west front portico was completed in 1992.
The Alabama State Capitol was designated a National
Historic Landmark in 1962.
Not only is the Alabama State Capitol a revered symbol
to thousands of Alabamians but a significant
monument in American history.
A major effort to rehabilitate the Capitol began in
the 1970s. While most of this work was finished in
1992, efforts to restore and enhance the historical
character of the building are ongoing by the Alabama