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

Hours

Building:
Mon-Fri 8:30-5
Sat 10-3
Sun 1-4
 
Guided tours:
Mon-Sat 10-2
Sun 1-3
 

Closed holidays except Presidents Day and July 4.

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

Admission

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

Contact

651-296-2881

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Capitol Tours

Guided Tours

45-minute guided tours are offered on the hour with the last tour offered one hour prior to closing. Tours provide an overview of Capitol history, art, architecture and state government. These tours visit legislative and Supreme Court chambers, the Governor's Reception Room and other public spaces. Weather permitting, all guided tours visit the gold-leafed Quadriga on the roof.

Guided general tours are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person.

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, go on an "Art Treasures" scavenger hunt for younger visitors, and take a walking and 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.
 

Group Tours

Organized adult groups and motor coach groups can choose topics from a variety of tours. Available tours include Art & Artists of the State Capitol, Architecture, State Capitol Construction, Civil War History, Votes for Women, and First Ladies of Minnesota tours.

During the legislative session group tours can include lunch in the restored Rathskeller Café.
 
  • 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 90-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.

Amenities

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. To reach 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.