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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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Field Trips

From its grand stairs to its chambers, the Capitol always has something to see. All groups may take a 45-minute general tour free with reservations. Enrich your trip by signing up for a hands-on education program. Legislators are notified for reserved student groups.

Field Trip Options

I Spy!

Pre-schoolers learn about Minnesota's state symbols on a seek-and-find tour of the State Capitol building. Tuesdays, June - December.

Grades: Pre-KLength: 40 minutesCost: $3 per student

Art Treasures in the Capitol

Students search for art in the Capitol using a self-guided tour booklet, becoming junior art historians.

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Length: 45 minutesCost: $2 per booklet

"Rally 'Round the Flag" Civil War Tour

What was it like to be a Civil War soldier from Minnesota? Why is the Capitol a time capsule of Civil War history? Students explore these questions and participate in activities focused on Civil War artifacts and artwork in the building.

Grades: 4, 5, 6Length: 90 minutesCost: $6 per person

State Capitol General Tour

Students explore the capitol's history, art and architecture. They see the chambers where government decisions are made and, weather permitting, visit the Quadriga (golden horses) on the roof of the capitol. Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more, and must be made two weeks in advance. 

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, HomeschoolLength: 45 minutesCost: Free

Architecture Adventure

Guided activities illustrate architectural features -- domes, arches and focal points -- used by architect Cass Gilbert.

Grades: 4, 5, 6Length: 90 minutesCost: $6 per person

Taking Issue, Making a Stand

Students tour the Capitol to find out how and where citizens get involved in government, then conduct their own legislative hearing to debate a real issue. Teachers choose one of the following issues:

  • Total Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving - Students argue for and against this issue before a mock "Transportation Committee."
  • Anti-Bullying - The Minnesota Safe and Supportive Schools Act - Students argue for and against this issue before a mock "Education Committee."
  • Appropriation Challenge - Students discover the challenges of appropriating limited public dollars as they try to persuade the mock "Capital Investment Committee" to fund their assigned capital project: a new Vikings stadium or a full restoration of the State Capitol.

 

Grades: 7, 8Length: 2 hoursCost: $6 per person

Voice of the People

High school students see legislators in action. After a guided government experience, students observe an actual legislative hearing. Offered during legislative sessions only.

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12Length: 3 hoursCost: $6 per person

Book a field trip

Cost

Free for a general tour. Enriched tours range from $3-6 per person.

Details

  • Length: 40 minutes to 3 hours.
  • Bus drop off is in front of the Capitol steps. Buses can park on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Scholarships

Apply for scholarships, grants and subsidies. Find out more.