February Tours of the State Capitol Highlight Art, the Civil War, Architecture and Construction

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Release dated: 
January 16, 2013
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Brian Pease • Minnesota State Capitol • 651-296-1735 • brian.pease@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Minnesota State Capitol
Address: 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul MN 55155
Cost: Hourly guided tours are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person.
Phone: 651-296-2881
Email: statecapitol@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/statecapitol

February Tours of the State Capitol Highlight Art, the Civil War, Architecture and Construction

The Minnesota State Capitol appeals to many different interests with the theme tours they offer. Art lovers will enjoy learning about the murals and sculptures, Civil War buffs will view artifacts and learn about Minnesota's role in the Civil War and architecture enthusiasts will explore one of the grandest and most architecturally significant public buildings in the United States.

Art and ArtistWhat: Capitol Art and Artists Tour
Date: Feb. 8, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members
Reservations: required; call 651-296-2881 or register online.

The grand murals, tremendous sculptures and exquisite decorations make the Minnesota State Capitol one of the premier public buildings in the United States. On this tour visitors are invited to view the artworks and hear stories about the artists, including but not limited to Kenyon Cox, Edwin Bashfield, John LaFarge and Elmer Gansey. Also on display will be the newly raised 1905 State Capitol chandelier, located at the top of the Capitol dome.

Brush up on a bit of art history while learning about the muralist movement in America (1890s- 1910), which used allegory and symbolism in public building artwork and see how art, architecture and overall decorative plan all harmonize within the Minnesota State Capitol.

Civil War FlagWhat: Capitol Civil War Tour
Date: Feb. 16, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members
Reservations: required; call 651-296-2881 or register online.

This tour is intended to gift guests with all there is to know about Minnesota and its role in the Civil War and the Civil War artifacts on display through the State Capitol building.

Guests will be able to see a visitor dressed and outfitted as a new recruit with reproduction accoutrements typically worn by Union soldiers. During the tour, the group will also learn about the current efforts to conserve Civil War battle flags in the Minnesota Historical Society, and about the experiences of former state governors who participated in battle.

ArchitectureWhat: Architecture Tour of the State Capitol
Date: Feb. 23, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members
Reservations: required; call 651-296-2881 or register online.

Take a 90-minute guided tour of one of the grandest and most architecturally significant public buildings in the United States. Along the way, learn about the Capitol's renowned architect, Cass Gilbert and the building's Beaux-Arts style. The tour will include stops in the legislative chambers, rotunda, and a special rooftop visit to see stunning views of the city and a close-up look at the Quadriga (golden horses) weather permitting. Visitors can also see a cut-away drawing of the unique dome and photographs documenting the 1905 construction of the building. Books on the life and career of Cass Gilbert will be available for purchase at the Information Desk.

ConstructionWhat: Capitol Construction Tour
Date: Mar. 1, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members
Reservations: required; call 651-296-2881 or register online.

From 1896-1905, hundreds of skilled workers came together to create one of the most beautiful Capitol buildings in the United States. Iron beams were riveted together to create the building’s framework and derricks lifted cut stone into place inside and outside the state’s third capitol building. A 90-minute guided tour features the construction methods used, the planners and the workers who helped create the state’s third capitol building. Learn how the building elements, decorations and furnishings come together to create a harmonious blend of architecture and art in Minnesota's most important public building.

About the Minnesota State Capitol

The Capitol is north of downtown St. Paul at 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., accessible from I-94 and I-35E. It is open for free guided tours year-round, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays. The last tour leaves one hour before closing. Reservations are recommended for special events. Call 651-296-2881 for more information.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.