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Visitors & Education

​​​​All visitors are welcome to attend legislative committee meetings and chamber proceedings in person and a number of resources are available to help you plan your trip. 

Legislative Committee Meetings 

Legislative committee meetings are held throughout the year and are open to the public. No special passes are needed.

Most committee meetings occur on the first floor of the Capitol Annex, although some are held in various spaces in the Capitol during a legislative session. Visitors should consult the Legislative Calendar for dates, times and room numbers, and please be prepared for last-minute changes. 

Guests may enter the Capitol Annex through the visitor's entrance, located at the center doors on the front of the building. An ADA-compliant entrance is accessible at the rear of the building. Both entrances are marked on this map​

If a committee meeting is expected to attract significant interest, an overflow room will be available so that anyone who cannot find a seat in the primary meeting room may still view the meeting in real time. Please review the Policy Guidelines for Meeting Rooms​ rooms before your visit. 

All committee meetings are also livestreamed for viewing online. Please visit our Live Stream page for more information. 

House and Senate Proceedings 

The Kentucky General Assembly convenes for a regular legislative session every year in early January; however, the session calendar varies from year to year. The General Assembly may also be called into special session at any time throughout the year. Please consult our Schedules and Calendars page before planning your visit. 

Guests who wish to visit the House and Senate chambers may enter the Capitol through the visitor's entrance at the front of the building. An ADA-compliant entrance is accessible at the west end of the building, and both entrances are marked on this map

The House and Senate chambers are located on the third floor of the Capitol. The chamber floors are not open to the public when legislators are in session, but visitors may view the proceedings from the chamber galleries. Space is often limited. 

Passes to the Senate gallery are available in Capitol Room 319C. Visitors to the House gallery do not need a pass and will be allowed to enter on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

All sessions of the House and Senate are also livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person. Please visit our Live Stream page for more information. 

Visitor Parking and Information

Large crowds often visit the Capitol and Capitol Annex during the legislative session or throughout the year for committee meetings or special events. Planning ahead, knowing where to park and how to access public entrances will help make your visit more successful.

The Capitol campus parking garage can be accessed via Old Lawrenceburg Road or from Capitol Ave. Some public parking and handicap accessible parking is available on the surface lot of the garage, on the east side of the Annex. Floors 4-6 also provide parking for the public. You may access those floors via the one-way ramps on each end of the garage. Floor 2 and half of Floor 3 are reserved parking by permit only.

The Capitol and the Capitol Annex both have a handicap accessible entrance. A map of Capitol campus parking is available here

General Tips

Free guided tours of the Kentucky State Capitol are available Monday through Friday, beginning at the tour guide desk in the Rotunda. Call 502-564-3449 to schedule a tour. 

The first floor and basement of the Capitol Annex are open to visitors, but citizens must have a scheduled appointment to access the second, third and fourth floors of the Annex, where lawmakers' offices are located. 

Access to the tunnel from the parking structure to the Annex and from the Annex to the Capitol now requires an active Capitol Campus Identification Badge.​​

Doing some research beforehand can make your visit more enjoyable. We have some general interest publications about the legislative process along with a video presentation, A Look at the Kentucky General Assembly, which may help you prepare for your visit.

Before your visit, you may also wish to use our Find Your Legislator​ page to determine who your legislator is and how to contact them.