Security and Entering the Pennsylvania Capitol


Allow time in your schedule for security processing into the Capitol.

Visitors must use the public entrances -

  • East Wing Entrance at the Fountain on Commonwealth Avenue (also the handicapped entrance)
  • Main Rotunda Entrance at Third and State Streets
  • North Office Building on North street (closes at 3:00 p.m.)
  • Irvis Office Building off of Walnut street (closes at 3:00 p.m.)

Weekdays, groups of 20 or more MUST enter through the East Wing. Weekends and holidays this access must be pre-arranged by calling 1-800-868-7672

All visitors - no exceptions - to the PA State Capitol will be processed through metal detectors. All bags and packages will be x-rayed, and are subject to hand inspection. Personal items may be hand-inspected. Security screening may require whole body pat-down. Confiscated materials will NOT be returned.

Persons have the right to refuse any or all of these security screening procedures. Refusal to comply, entry to the building will be denied. Items may not be delivered or left behind.

Visitors exiting the Capitol must be reprocessed for return entry.

For additional information on security, please visit the website of the Bureau of Police and Safety, Capitol Police.