The web site says call in advance for guided tours during open hours. Monday to Friday 8 to 7 and Weekends and Holidays 8 to 5 pm.
We are trying to visit state capitols, because it tells a lot about the history of the state. I made a point to alter our trip - to include a stay in Pierre so we could do the tour. I made reservations a few months ahead to include a stay overnight on a Saturday. I called to schedule a tour in advance about a month before we left. I was told no tours on the weekends, even though the web site says differently. I mentioned to the tour office to perhaps they should take that off of their web site. I thought about not staying in Pierre, but we already had our hotel booked.
We did stop by the capitol, but most things were closed. When you have a guide, they are able to take you into some of the rooms. We have done tours of capitols and everyone we have been to have been offered on the weekends. The capitol was very nice. We did enjoy walking around the limited areas you could get to.
Yes you can get a printed out guide, but since many of the rooms are locked you are not able to see much.
I did enjoy the First Lady Gown Collection - they are small replicas that are made sometimes out of the same fabric of the exact material worn by the First Lady. It included historic information about each of the First Ladies since statehood.
Tourism for Pierre should see what they can do to get the tours back on the weekends. I just check the web site again, and it says to call ahead to schedule your tour and they are done during open hours. No mention at all that they will not do them on the weekends.
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