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Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155


Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Sat 10 am-3 pm
Sun 1-4 pm
The State Capitol will be closed beginning May 29.
Guided tours:
Weekends only through May 24, 2015:
Sat 10 am-2 pm
Sun 1-3 pm

Closed holidays, except Presidents Day.

Special events are held year round. Call for group tours.


Hourly guided tours are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person.



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Capitol Tours

Guided Tours

The State Capitol is currently undergoing a major restoration and repair effort which is limiting access to some public spaces. Guided tours are available on weekends only through May 24.  Following construction tours will return in January 2017. Self-guided walking tours of the Capitol Mall remain available. 

Guided general tours are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person. For updated information, please call the Capitol Tour Line at 651-296-2881.

Groups of 15 or more need to make a reservation at least two weeks in advance. Reserved tours are available on a first-come first-served basis.

Self-Guided Tours

Explore the Capitol on your own, and take a walking or cell phone tour of the Capitol Mall. Self-guided tour brochures of the Capitol, including more than 20 language translations, are available at the Information Desk. The self-guided brochure is available for download:

History on the Spot Cell Phone Tour

Call 877-411-4123 to access the Capitol Memorials and Remembrances Walking Tour using any cell phone (minute charges may apply). Explore more than 20 monuments and memorials on the Capitol grounds with information about the artists who created each piece. A free cell phone tour map is available at the Capitol Information Desk.
The tour includes memorials recognizing World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans; a reproduction of the Liberty Bell; a commemorative garden in honor of Minnesota suffragists; and sculptures honoring such diverse figures as Charles Lindbergh, Governor John Johnson, and Norwegian explorer, Leif Erickson.
The "History on the Spot" program is made possible through the support of the Richard & Shirley DeLeo Fund for Historic Sites.

Weekend Group Tours

On weekends, bus tour groups can request a 90-minute Capitol Construction tour, which focuses on the men, materials and methods used to build our capitol, and provides an update on current work on the building.

  • Reservations: Call 651-296-2881. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance with prepayment of a non-refundable deposit.
  • Group size: Private tours may be booked for groups of 15 or more.
  • Length: Tours last 45-minutes. Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to your tour start time.
  • Cost: For adult tours with an admission fee, a non-refundable partial pre-payment is required with a minimum group fee of $135.


Explore our visitor amenities page for information on accessibility, parking and more.

Capitol Information Desk

The Minnesota Historical Society staffs the Capitol Information Desk located on the first floor inside the main (south) entrance. The desk attendants are happy to assist with tour information, room locations, meeting and event information, and general questions. In addition, the desk is stocked with Capitol brochures, legislative meeting schedules and helpful tourist information. A small gift shop is also at this location. To contact the Information Desk by phone, call 651-296-3962.

Capitol Etiquette

The State Capitol is a working office building where history happens every day. Visitors are asked to be respectful by keeping voices low, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Flash photography is allowed throughout the building during non-session times. No photography is allowed in the House or Senate Chambers, or in the Court when in session.