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The Montana State Capitol is an impressive building steeped in history, open to the public, and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Neal S
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South Lake Tahoe, California
A must see in Helena

This is an incredible building steeped in history. It is open to the public. Walk in the ground... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2018
Beth S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Montana State Capitol is an impressive building steeped in history, open to the public, and one of the few things to see in Missoula. Of course everyone wants to see the distinctive copper dome with "Lady Liberty" on top. Inside we walked up the marble staircase to the second floor to look around but the doors to the court room, and the Montana State Legislature & senate were locked {Sunday?}…In the rotunda, with four circular paintings surrounding it, including the 1912 painting "Lewis and Clark Meeting the Flathead Indians at Ross' Hole" by Charles M. Russell…beautiful manicured lawns and a statute of ex-Governor Meagher.

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Reviewed October 5, 2018

This is an incredible building steeped in history. It is open to the public. Walk in the ground floor and get oriented. The rotunda is amazing. Look up and see the gorgeous dome. Take the marble staircase to the second floor where you can look down upon the center of the building. You can also see famous Montana artwork, beautiful tile work and statuary. You can peek into the court room, and the rooms for the senate and legislature.. You will feel the weight of history as you tour this building. Great for adults and kids alike.

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Reviewed October 5, 2018

The Montana State Capitol impresses visitors with its distinctive copper dome, massive rotunda with four circular paintings surrounding it and the 1912 painting titled "Lewis and Clark Meeting the Flathead Indians at Ross' Hole" by Montana's famous Western artist Charles M. Russell. Located at 1301 East Sixth Avenue at Montana Avenue, the building of Montana sandstone and granite, which houses the Montana State Legislature, was constructed between 1896 and 1902 with wing/annexes added between 1909 and 1912. It is of Greek neoclassical architectural style and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Atop the copper dome is a feminine statue dubbed "Lady Liberty." The most notable feature inside the center of the Capitol building is the massive rotunda with four circular paintings depicting four important archetypes of people of Montana's early history--a Native American (Chief Charlo), an explorer and fur trapper (Jim Bridger), a gold miner (Henry Finnis Edgar, one of the discovers of gold at Alder Gulch), and an unidentified cowboy (inspired by Russell's works). The southern arch of the rotunda features the semi-elliptical painting "Driving The Golden Spike" by Amedee Joullin. But the most significant artwork in the Capitol is Russell's Lewis & Clark painting, which is 25 feet long and 12 feet high. It is displayed above the Speaker's chair in the House of Representatives' chamber.

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Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

The Capitol is built in the neoclassical style, making it much different than many of the other State Capitols. Another thing that sets this Capitol Building apart from the others we’ve seen is you don’t have to go through Security to enter the building. You just go in! Unfortunately, they don’t have a docent program, so you are on your own for a self-guided tour. The information is fairly self-explanatory but somewhat confusing. Be sure to spend some time in the lobby of the House of Representatives to just sit and admire the fantastic murals. I highly recommend taking the Children’s Scavenger Hunt brochure to help you see things you otherwise may not have noticed. Free parking is a real benefit, and the grounds are beautiful.

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Reviewed August 30, 2018

This capitol is very impressive without being overdone. The architecture is beautiful. The murals depict the history of the state, including the contributions of the Native American, the prospector, the cowboy and the trapper. It is such a disappointment that the state budget does not allow for guided tours - only self-guided tours. Maybe some volunteer docents would add to the experience.

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Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

We visited this capitol with a couples group. We had a guided tour. The building is beautiful with wonderful artwork throughout. Parts of the tour included older areas which was really neat. Lots of local history, of course.

Thank leslies190
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We went through the Capitol just out of curiosity and did learn a lot. There are Some huge and intriguing Charles Russell paintings with good written descriptions posted nearby. The legislature was not in session – they meet only every other year – and things will quiet but I would recommend a visit to the capital when you come to Helena.

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Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

The web site said that due to budget cuts guided tours were no longer available but a brochure was available for self guided tours. This is partly true. At the desk with the self guided tour brochures, we found a sign indicating two guided tour times that day. Had we known that we could have times our visit for the tour. The self guided tour worked but some areas are only accessible with guided tours and several areas were only accessible from the balconies which was not noted inthe guide or with signage. That being said, the building is beautiful and impressive. Great artwork in all of the chambers. Don't miss the flowers spelling Monrana with a state map at the street level in front of the capitol. We did learn much about t :(e state from the self guided tour. Sunce the web site is not up to date regarding tours, if you could call to find out if there is a guided tour on the day of your tour, that would be better.

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Reviewed August 7, 2018

Although often much is made of male explorers and politicians, the Capitol has wonderful statues and murals depicting the importance of women in settling the state. It was a surprise! The glass work is outstanding. Admission is free. Take a tour if available, then step across the way to the Historical Society Museum.

Thank ElfinWoodsWarbler
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

got off highway for pizza, drove by capitol just to see. Nice building, pretty flowers, interestingly low key municipal buildings nearby.

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