The Minnesota State Capitol is the seat of government for the U.S. state of Minnesota, in its capital city of Saint Paul. It houses the Minnesota Senate, Minnesota House of Representatives, the office of the Attorney General and the office of the Governor. The building also includes a chamber for the Minnesota Supreme Court, although court activities usually take place in the neighboring Minnesota Judicial Center.Arrange your visit to Minnesota State Capitol and discover more family-friendly attractions in Saint Paul using our Saint Paul visit planning tool.
There have been three State Capitol buildings. The present building was designed by architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1905. Its Beaux-Arts/American Renaissance design was influenced by the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and by McKim, Mead & White's Rhode Island State House. From 2013 to 2017 the building underwent an extensive restoration. This included replacing existing infrastructure; adding new mechanical systems; replacing or repairing tens of thousands of pieces of marble on the exterior; cleaning historic paintings, murals, and sculptures; and adding safety and accessibility features.
The building is set in a landscaped campus with the Capitol Mall on its south front, Leif Erikson Park on its west, and Judicial Plaza to its east. Various monuments and memorials are located in these green spaces.
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A volunteer group provides guided tours of the property. During our tour, Jon shared the history of the building, detailed the architecture and artwork, and brought us into both legislative chambers.... more
A volunteer group provides guided tours of the property. During our tour, Jon shared the history of the building, detailed the architecture and artwork, and brought us into both legislative chambers.... more »
We enjoyed the tour. The guide did a great job answering questions and was very informative. Learned about the building and state history, and saw the MN Supreme Courtroom, House, & Senate chambers...
We enjoyed the tour. The guide did a great job answering questions and was very informative. Learned about the building and state history, and saw the MN Supreme Courtroom, House, & Senate chambers... more »
Really beautiful building. Gorgeous rotunda, outstanding columns lining the interior of the wings. Lots of cool old timey paintings of governors and plenty of statues of historic figures. Everything was decorated in a detailed way. Very quiet and peaceful when I visited, one of the better state capitols I've seen.
Self guided tours or with a tour guide are options. Unique historical building.
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