Minnesota State Capitol – St. Paul, Minnesota

Minnesota State Capital.jpgMinnesota 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.
Fee: Free
45 minutes

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.

Phone 651-296-2881

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.

5 Responses

  1. The hours on Mondays-Fridays are 9-4, and; I think that should change. Many students, including me, want to come tour the Capitol for school projects, but we can’t come over because it’s during school. I know school feild trips probably come, but the Capitol could be open until maybe 5:00 p.m. so students can come look.

    Thank you

  2. Hi Abby,
    Thank you for your comments and concern. I have forwarded your message on to the capitol in hopes they will take it into consideration.
    Thank you for contacting http://www.minnesotabeautiful.com with your comments.
    The Editor

  3. to whom it may concern,
    we just cancelled our august 09 vacation plans to your beautiful state. We can’t understand why your politics have to make us unsure of spending 3 weeks there and spending our monies. please get your politics in order, so we may feel comfortable and safe in your state while visiting.
    Thank you
    the Martin Family

  4. How sad that you are not coming to Minnesota. It is a beautiful state with great people.
    I have forwarded your email on to a member of the State Senate.

  5. No mention of St. Paul’s Cathedral?

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