The following information contains important guidelines to assist you in planning your fieldtrip.
Because the Washington State Capitol is the seat of government, teachers and chaperones are expected to set clear behavioral expectations for their students and to provide direct management and discipline of their groups. To ensure a safe and positive tour experience, groups are expected follow their tour guide's instructions throughout the tour, including emergencies and building evacuations. Guides reserve the right to cancel a tour at any time due to student misbehavior.
Before arrival, please separate lunches by class and bring them in labeled containers/boxes small enough for one person to easily carry. Lunches will be stored on carts while groups are on tour. To reduce food waste, groups are encouraged to pack lunches in reusable containers. Food going home will be returned to the main entrance where it can be picked up at the end of the tour. Recycling receptacles will be available during your lunch period. Food, gum, and beverages (including water), are not permitted on the tour unless required for medical reasons. This applies to students and adults. Upon arrival, groups will drop off lunches and use restrooms.
416 Sid Snyder Ave. SW
Olympia, WA 98504
Take Exit 105, then Exit 105A. Continue for 0.6 miles. Merge with traffic on the left and continue in the left hand lane of 14th Ave. SW through the roundabout (Jefferson St.) and under the tunnel 0.4 miles to Capitol Blvd. The Capitol Campus will be directly ahead.
Take Exit 105 and bear left for the "State Capitol/City Center" exit. Cross over Interstate 5 and keep in the left lane on 14th Ave. SE through the roundabout (Jefferson St.) and under the tunnel 0.4 miles to Capitol Blvd. The Capitol Campus will be directly ahead.
Parking on the Washington State Capitol Campus is 2.00 per hour. There are three main public parking areas for visitors. Each visitor parking area is serviced by a large meter located near each entrance. Meters accept debit/credit cards, 1.00 bills, and coins. After paying, place your parking ticket on your dashboard.
View a map of campus with each of the visitor parking spaces labeled.
The Visitor Services Program offers limited bus parking for "Civic Tour" School Buses only. To be eligible to utilize the bus zone, Civic Tour groups must be scheduled and approved through the State Capitol Tour Office.
Proceed to the intersection of 14th and Capitol, as directed above under "Driving Directions." As you proceed through the intersection, veer slightly to your right and onto the South Diagonal. There is a bus zone located on the South Diagonal that is available to scheduled Civic Tour School Buses only.
View a map of the civic tour school bus parking options.
Your tour guide will meet the school bus. If you arrive early, please contact Visitor Services at (360) 902-8880.
Please be aware that if bus parking is full, buses will drop off the students in the roundabout at the end of the south diagonal and then will need to park off campus.
The following information contains important guidelines to assist you in planning for your virtual visit.
This tour enables students and teachers to interface, in real time, with a tour guide as they lead students through a virtual experience of the Washington State Capitol, exploring the historic and legislative locations where government happens!
Utilizing augmented reality and 360' panoramic views, students will learn about the three branches of government and the importance of voting and public participation in the law making process. Total tour time is 60 minutes and includes opportunities for Q and A with the tour guide.
Virtual sites that will be explored include the capitol building's main entrance, legislative chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives, Governor's Office, State Reception Room, Rotunda, and State Supreme Court.
Distance Learning Virtual Tours are available to 4th-12th grade students. The Department of Enterprise Services Visitor Services Program accepts requests for Distance Learning Virtual Tours throughout the year, but we suggest that you sign up as early as possible to secure your preferred date. To request a tour, please fill out the virtual tour reservation form. For questions, contact us at (360) 902-8880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups with fewer than 20 or younger students are encouraged to contact the State Capitol Tour Office at (360) 902-8880 to discuss other virtual tour options that might be available.
Requirements and Parameters:
At least 2 days prior to your Distance Learning Live Virtual Tour, e-mail your meeting invite to email@example.com and notify us of the following as needed:
Pre-Tour Reminders for Teachers:
Be on time. Please be on time for your virtual tour. Entering the virtual tour late can be distracting to the group, and your tour guide, and we don't want you to miss out on anything!
Learn the web conference platform before the tour. Learn how to enter the virtual tour, mute and unmute yourself, turn off your camera and use chat.
Stay in one spot during the tour. It's distracting to your classmates to see you moving around during the tour. Find a quiet spot where you will be comfortable so you can enjoy the entire tour.
Eliminate distractions and background noise. Turn off the music or the TV in the background. If you need to use the restroom, try to do that before the tour starts. Don't text or play on your cell phone during the tour. Please also mute your microphone feature to decrease background noise.
Wait for your turn. Follow your teacher's instructions for asking and responding to questions. Please don't blurt out a question until you are called on by the tour guide or your teacher.
Remember, this is a school activity. While it might be exciting to see your friends, this is not the time or place to visit with them. Your virtual tour has a chat feature, so please use it only to ask questions or respond to a question from your guide or teacher.
Respect your Tour Guide for the work they have done to offer you this virtual tour of the Washington State Capitol. Make sure they know how much you appreciate them. The best way to do this is to listen, ask questions, and be on your best behavior during your tour.