Minnesota State Capitol

Minnesota State Capitol, Saint Paul

Minnesota State Capitol
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Connect with this landmark government building designed by Cass Gilbert through its amazing stories — and learn about its incredible architecture, art and history.
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Jim T
Austin, TX876 contributions
A Capitol Idea!
Sep 2021
This is a lovely Capitol Building. There are guided tours available ($5 donation asked) or one can do a self-guided tour. The grounds are expansive. Street parking.
Written September 29, 2021
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Mark H
Fond du Lac, WI2,216 contributions
If you have an hour or so in Saint Paul, this is definitely worth your time
Sep 2021 • Friends
I haven’t lived in Minnesota for decades and I haven’t been to the Capitol since high school. It seems a lot smaller now, but I appreciate it it’s beauty much more and a tour led by chipper and thorough docent named Lora.

The hour long tour was interesting for our entire group which ranged from elementary school kids to retired folks. She knew her history well and pointed out quirky things that one might not normally notice.

The $300 million restoration done a few years ago was definitely impressive. There are some steps including 63 that take you to the Golden horses (quadriga) that look to the south.

If you have an hour or so and an interest in beautiful architecture, I highly recommend this tour. The tour is run by the Minnesota historical society and it is free, but they do ask for a five dollar per person donation.
Written September 28, 2021
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KaraXYZ
New York City, NY76 contributions
gorgeous building and grounds
Aug 2021
This is one of the most beautiful state capitols I've visited (and I've visited a lot)! Regrettably due to protests about a pipeline, the building was closed all week. I wish I could have taken a tour.

That being said, the plaza and surrounding grounds are something to see too.
Written August 31, 2021
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julia_fisher
Merrimac, MA598 contributions
Road tripping
Aug 2021 • Couples
We had a very nice tour from a funny tour guide. It's free but a suggested fee of $5 is implied. Beautiful building, I thought we might see more if it. The tour is 45minutes. You can self tour also. We got a close spot on a close metered street. There is recess during August so nothing going on.
Written August 19, 2021
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Marcy A
Houston, TX79 contributions
Worthwhile visir
Aug 2021
Breathtaking building with beautiful rotunda. The inside is just as beautiful as the inside. A must see.
Written August 18, 2021
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LovesPhotoOps
Hoover, AL562 contributions
Beautiful inside and outside
Jun 2021
We parked on the street near the capitol mall. We walked around the grounds looking at the statues, and went inside and looked around the building. The legislature was in a special session so we were not able to go into the House or Senate chambers. The building is very impressive and is one of the most beautiful state capitols we have visited. I just wish we had had enough time to tour it thoroughly.
Written June 24, 2021
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Alexandra T
Murrieta, CA1,714 contributions
Impressive structure
Sep 2020
The Minnesota State Capitol building was opened in 1905. It is an impressive building sitting up on a hill. The dome is the second largest self supported marble dome in the world.
Written September 24, 2020
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MiscJMM
123 contributions
Take a tour and roam on your own as well. Don't miss the Rathskeller in the basement.
Mar 2020 • Couples
We roamed the building while waiting for our tour to begin and were delighted by the information and stories told to us by the 2 docents in the House chamber. Both were retired State troopers and they knew some pretty cool stuff! Renovations on the Capitol were completed in 2017 and the building is in pristine condition. Our tour guide Kerry was hilarious and gave a fascinating talk. If you like history and appreciate gorgeous architecture, you will love it!
Written March 6, 2020
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hborrm2264
Saint Paul, MN24 contributions
If you're from Minnesota, you should come here!
Apr 2019
After the huge remodel/rehab of a few years ago, this place looks fabulous! So much to see and if the Legislature is not in session, there are many areas to look at and experience. Don't miss upstairs conference rooms, or the basement cafe
Written February 4, 2020
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Keenomanjaro
Croydon, UK181 contributions
Spectacular building
Aug 2019
I'd never been to a State Capitol building before and wasn't really sure what to expect - we'd heard that the Minnesota Capitol was quite modest compared to those in other states, but I was blown away by the scale and beauty of this place, which I would describe as anything but modest! It's an impressive spectacle on approach and even more so once inside, where you are free to explore the amazing rotunda with its beautiful dome and peek into a few of the surrounding chambers. I could've spent ages poking around in here and wish I'd had the opportunity to take a tour to learn more about the place.
Written January 17, 2020
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Minnesota State Capitol is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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