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


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.


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



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Signature Events

The Minnesota State Capitol presents a variety of seasonal events and programming year round. Visit our calendar of events for upcoming dates.

History Matters Day

Join fellow history lovers at the Minnesota State Capitol on President's Day, for History Matters Day. Meet costumed historical characters, tour the historic Capitol building, see Civil War artifacts from the Minnesota Historical Society collections and let your legislators know that history matters. Visitors can park for...

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Architecture Tour of the State Capitol

Take a 90-minute guided tour of one of the grandest and most architecturally appealing public buildings in the United States. Along the way, learn about the Capitol's renowned architect, Cass Gilbert, and building features of this Beaux-Arts styled masterpiece. Stops include the legislative chambers, rotunda, and a special...

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Capitol Civil War Tour

Discover the role Minnesota had in the Civil War and why the Capitol is decorated and memorialized with Civil War artifacts, paintings and memorials. A visitor will be dressed and outfitted as a new recruit with reproduction accoutrements typically worn by Union soldiers. During the tour, the group will learn about...

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Capitol Art and Artists Tour

See the grand murals, powerful sculptures, exquisite decorations and restored Rathskeller Cafe and view works by artists Kenyon Cox, Edwin Blashfield, John LaFarge, Elmer Garnsey and others. Hear stories about the artists, learn about the muralist movement in America (1890s-1910), which used allegory and symbolism in...

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Capitol Construction Tour

From 1896-1905, hundreds of skilled workers created one of the most beautiful Capitol buildings in the United States. Iron beams were riveted together to create the building's framework and derricks lifted cut stone into place inside and outside the building. A 90-minute guided tour features the construction methods used,...

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Votes for Women Suffrage History Tour

This special tour will focus on important Minnesota women involved in the suffrage movement and those who played significant roles in gaining the right to vote. Through photographs and other visual aids, learn about the struggles and success stories of Minnesota women working to persuade legislators and other elected...

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State Capitol LEGO® Model Display

See a monumental and detailed model of the Minnesota State Capitol made entirely of LEGO® bricks. Built by LEGO® ambassador Roy Cook, the six-foot-long, four-foot-wide and three-foot-high model is made of more than 75,000 bricks and took more than 150 hours to build. Free guided tours of the State Capitol building are...

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Civil War Family Day

Minnesota was the first state to offer up volunteers to fight for the Union Army in the Civil War. Visitors of all ages are invited to "join-up" at the Capitol to find out about Minnesota’s important role in the War. Visit the Governor’s Reception Room and learn about Civil War battles as depicted in huge...

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Civil War History Camp

Discover the role Minnesota soldiers played in the Civil War during this one-day summer camp. Campers will create a newspaper front page that records stories from Minnesota's home front and the battlefield, visit with a costumed historical character, learn about Civil War flags and statues, go on a Capitol scavenger hunt...

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Capitol Art History Camp

Campers (age 9-12) will learn about the unique artwork in the State Capitol and on the Capitol Mall through tours and a variety of hands-on activities. They will have the opportunity to create a new memorial for the Capitol Mall in clay and present their design ideas to the group, create a color wheel, pose for a Governor'...

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Quadriga Starlight Tours

Take a 90-minute guided tour and meet historical characters Channing and Elizabeth Seabury, key players in the construction of the State Capitol. In the Governor's Reception Room, view Civil War paintings and see equipment and a uniform worn by Union soldiers. Following the tour, climb to the rooftop for a rare opportunity...

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Shadows and Spirits of the Capitol

These popular annual tours allow visitors to see the Capitol in a historical setting with lighting similar to what existed when the building opened in 1905. As tour groups move through the shadowy and eerily lit rotunda, hallways and chambers, they will meet historical "spirits" who tell stories of the Capitol's early...

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First Ladies of Minnesota Tour

Minnesota's first ladies have made many contributions to the state of Minnesota. This 90-minute guided tour of the State Capitol will focus primarily on the lives of 13 of the state's first ladies and of their contributions and achievements during their husbands' time in office. Guides will also examine important events...

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