Minnesota State Capitol

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  • Free, $5 suggested donation for guided tours

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  • Accessible from I-94 & 35E, just N of downtown St. Paul. Park at meters M–F, park free in all state parking lots on weekends. GPS: 44.9551,-93.1022

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  • Open Monday-Friday: 8:30 am-5 pm, Saturday: 10 am- 3 pm, Sunday: 1-4 pm

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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Events

  1. "Votes for Minnesota Women" Capitol Tour

    "Votes for Minnesota Women" Capitol Tour

    75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
    St Paul, MN 55155
    Call: (651) 296-2881

    In 1919, the US Congress passed the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Minnesota ratified the amendment in September, and by August 1920, it had been adopted by all states.

    On the 100th anniversary, take a special guided tour that focuses on Minnesota women who played significant roles in securing the right to vote. Plus, learn about the first women elected to office in Minnesota, the roles they played in state government, and how women today participate in elected office.

    Tours depart at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

  2. Capitol Art & Artists Tour

    Capitol Art & Artists Tour

    75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
    St Paul, MN 55155
    Call: (651) 296-2881

    Go on a guided tour of the Capitol to hear stories about the artists, learn about the muralist movement in America, and see how the art, architecture, and overall decorative plan harmonize to make the Capitol one of the premier public buildings in the United States.

    See the grand murals, sculptures, and lavish decorations and learn about the elaborate conservation work recently performed to bring the art back to its original appearance. Visit legislative chambers, the Governor's Reception Room, Rathskeller Cafe, and exhibit space on the third floor. View works by artists Kenyon Cox, Edwin Blashfield, John LaFarge, Elmer Garnsey, Howard Pyle, and others.

  3. Capitol Builders Tour

    Capitol Builders Tour

    75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
    St Paul, MN 55155
    Call: (651) 296-2881

    Explore locations throughout the building that show the work and methods that went into creating the Minnesota State Capitol in 1905.

    Get to know architect Cass Gilbert, who at age 35 created one of the most magnificent public buildings in the nation. Plus, hear about the roles contractors, politicians, and workers played during the nine-year construction period. Then explore the recent restoration completed in 2017.

  4. Capitol Civil War Tour

    Capitol Civil War Tour

    75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
    St Paul, MN 55155
    Call: (651) 296-2881

    Learn about the battle flags, art, memorials, and remembrances of Minnesota's role in the Civil War on a guided tour. Visit the Governor's Reception Room, where renowned paintings depict Minnesota regiments in battle.

    In the rotunda, view recently conserved battle flags, including a flagstaff that survived the Battle of Gettysburg. See statues of prominent state officers who served in the war, and hear stories about the governors who as young men participated in some of the pivotal events of the war.

  5. Quadriga Starlight Tour

    Quadriga Starlight Tour

    75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
    St Paul, MN 55155
    Call: (651) 296-2881

    Take a 90-minute guided tour of the restored State Capitol building and meet historical characters along the way. Hear stories about the Capitol's construction and history, visit historic chambers and public spaces, and see world-renowned artwork. Plus, learn about the 2017 restoration of Minnesota's seat of government.

    Following the tour, climb 63 steps to the rooftop for a rare evening opportunity to view the gilded quadriga—the golden horses on the Capitol roof—against the backdrop of the lighted skyline of the Twin Cities.

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