Minnesota State Capitol – St. Paul, Minnesota
The capitol is a beautiful building with a great deal of interesting history. Take a tour of the building and learn about how the laws are made, where the legislatures work and the capitol art and history information and if weather permits walk out to the golden horses.
Tours leave on the hour; last tour begins one hour before closing. Groups of 10 or more need reservations two weeks in advance.
The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in1972, and part of the Minnesota Historical Society’s historic site program in 1969.
The present structure is Minnesota’s third state capitol building. The first two buildings were located in downtown St. Paul on a city block bordered by Wabasha, Exchange, Cedar and 10th Street. The first capitol was destroyed by fire. The second was too small and poorly constructed.
The building opened in 1905 and has been in use every day since that time. Almost one hundred items were placed in the granite cornerstone of the new capitol building in 1898.
The steps and ground floor exterior stone of the capitol is St. Cloud Granite and the upper stories and dome is made of white Georgia marble.
The large dome consists of three structures: an inner decorative dome, seen from the rotunda, a steel and brick cone, and the outer self-supporting marble dome.
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul MN 55155
Directions: North of downtown St. Paul, accessible from I-94 and I-35E.
Admission: General Tours: Free. Educational Programs: $2 – $5. Special Events: $7-8 adults, $5 children ages 6-17. Free for children age 5 and under. Seniors receive $1 discount. MHS members receive $2 discount.
Hours:Year-round: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Guided tours on the hour; last tour begins one hour before closing. Groups of 10 or more need reservations two weeks in advance. Other times available by reservation.
Closed holidays except Presidents Day and Columbus Day.