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First Territorial Capitol State Historic Site, Fort RileyFirst Territorial Capitol State Historic Site, Fort RileyFirst Territorial Capitol State Historic Site, Fort Riley

First Territorial Capitol - Plan your visit

We invite you to visit First Territorial Capitol State Historic Site and discover more about the beginnings of our state government. Masks are recommended but not required.


  • Open: April 22 to October 15, 2023: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday
    1 - 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Closed: State holidays and Easter


  • First Territorial Capitol State Historic SiteSuggested contribution: $3 adults, $1 students; Kansas Historical Foundation members and children five and younger admitted free
  • Portions ADA accessible. Please notify us prior to your visit if you or a member of your party requires accommodation for special needs or disabilities.
  • This site is located on a U.S. Army post. All visitors are required to present photo ID, car insurance papers, and registration. Visitors must enter through the Henry Gate (Exit 301, U.S. Interstate 70) unless they have a military ID. They must fill out paperwork and wait a minimum of 10-20 minutes while an instant background check is performed. Those with licenses from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, and Washington state can no longer enter an installation on their ID alone, they must bring two forms of ID to enter the base per the REAL ID Act. Fort Riley's Visitor Control Center has a phone line where they will answer questions at 785-239-2982.

Admission for tour groups

  • Groups rates available with prior notice
  • Schedule tours for groups of 10 or more during off hours with two weeks advanced notice.


Museum Store

  • Find gifts and souvenirs related to the site at the Museum Store.

History of First Territorial Capitol

Local travel links

Riley County visitor information

Junction City visitor information

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

Upcoming Events


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