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Minnesota State Capitol

75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55155
651-296-2881
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Ranked #12 of 62 attractions in Saint Paul
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings
Owner description: The Minnesota Historical Society conducts regularly scheduled tours of this grand structure, which was built in 1905 and features stenciled ceilings,... more » Owner description: The Minnesota Historical Society conducts regularly scheduled tours of this grand structure, which was built in 1905 and features stenciled ceilings, murals, marble and sculptures. « less
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Rapid City
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Our family loves to visit capitols and tour them. We were very impressed with our docent (can't recall her name -- delta flight attendant). She was very knowledgeable and maintained my teenagers interested until the end of the tour. She was very eager and animated. You could honestly tell she was proud to be from Minnesota. I enjoyed all her... More

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St Paul MN
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The first time I took a tour of our state capitol I was surprised at how interesting it was. It is a gem: designed by Cass Gilbert, it captures the aspirations of a young state. Be sure to visit the Ratskeller!

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Sydney, Australia
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534 reviews 534 reviews
250 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The design and interior decorations make this one of the better capitol buildings. Well worth taking the tour and seeing all the work that went into creating it.

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Adrian, Michigan
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970 reviews 970 reviews
339 attraction reviews
312 helpful votes 312 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This was one of the first state capitol buildings I had ever visited and I was thoroughly enamored with what I saw. Designed by Cass Gilbert and modeled after St. Peter's in Rome, the exterior with its majestic approach cannot help but impress. The interior is also beautiful and tells a somewhat abbreviated but interesting story of the Minnesota experience.... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We took the guided tour of the Mn State Capitol with our grandson. All of us loved the tour, the architecture, and the history. We would rank it a step below Wisconsin's capitol building in Madison, but still worth a visit.

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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341 reviews 341 reviews
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164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Yes it's beautiful and yes, there's a good tour. But I think it's great to bring kids to meet with their legislators and if possible to testify at a committee hearing. This is the "people's house!" If you make an appointment ahead of time, local legislators will be glad to see you. We've done this many times. Things can be... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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40 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Beautiful building finished in 1905. Cass Gilbert used St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, as his model. There is a very interesting tour available. Be sure to see the Rathskeller with attendant German phrases extolling beer.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I loved seeing all of the granite and carved wood decoration in the interior and furniture. The great white marble dome was fashioned after St Peter's in Rome. I liked the paintings of all of the governors, esp the husband & wife governors. If you are from MN, it is worthwhile to see where your House, Senate, & Supreme Court... More

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Montgomery, Alabama
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67 reviews 67 reviews
42 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I alwasy compare the extra money used to make buildings 'beautiful' and now they are mostly utilarian. I like it when people cared about aesthitics as well as usefulness. Great!

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Juneau, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The tour was very historical and you get to see everything in the building. The guide was very nice, however it would've been nice if the guide was a little more knowledgable about current affairs. Every time I asked a question about the current state of politics in the Minnesota Legislature, the guide told me I could look it up... More

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