Designed by Cass Gilbert, the Minnesota State Capitol is considered an architectural masterpiece.
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The Minnesota State Capitol is currently closed to the public. The Capitol is undergoing a three year restoration and repair project until early 2017. For information visit the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project.
View the Capitol's Civil War art with this video by Senate Media Services.
Minnesota's State Capitol took nine years to build, and cost $4.5 million!
Minnesota Capitol architect, Cass Gilbert, went on to design two other state capitols, West Virginia and Arkansas, as well as the Woolworth Building in New York and the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC!
The Golden Horses, or "Quadriga", on the Capitol's roof are covered with 6.5 pounds of 23.5 karat gold leaf! Weather permitting, all guided tours visit the Quadriga.
The Minnesota State Capitol, completed in 1905, serves as a memorial to Minnesota's Civil War veterns. Take a Civil War theme tour to learn more!
The crystal chandelier that graces the Capitol rotunda's domed ceiling is 6' in diameter, weighs one ton, and features more than 40,000 crystal beads and 92 light bulbs.
The crystal chandelier is turned on only for important state occasions such as the anniversary of Minnesota's statehood on May 11th or governor's inauguration.