Art and Architecture Tours at the Minnesota State Capitol

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Release dated: 
March 13, 2013
Media contacts: 

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

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@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
Phone: 651-296-2881
Email: statecapitol@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/statecapitol

Art and Architecture Tours at the Minnesota State Capitol

What: Capitol Art and Artists Tour
When: Saturday, April 13
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; $2 discounts for MHS members
Reservations: Required, call 651-296-2881 or register online.

NashvilleThis tour takes guests on a journey through the Minnesota State Capitol to view the resplendent murals, grand sculptures and exquisite decoration that make the building so special. View works by artists Kenyon Cox, Edwin Bashfield, John LaFarge, Elmer Gansey and others.

Visitors will also learn about the muralist movement in America, which used allegory and symbolism in public work and artwork. This tour explores how art, architecture and overall decorative plan harmonize to make the Capitol one of the premier public buildings in the United States.

What: Architecture tour of the State Capitol
When: Saturday, April 27
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; $2 discounts for MHS members
Reservations: Required, call 651-296-2881 or register online.

DomeThis 90-minute guided tour explores one of the grandest and most architecturally appealing public buildings in the United States; the Minnesota State Capitol. Learn about the Capitol's architect, Cass Gilbert, who went on to build the world-famous Woolworth Building in New York. The tour will also include stops in 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 system and photographs documenting the 1898-1905 construction of the building. Make sure to take note of the Capitol chandelier, back in place at the top of the dome after two years of restoration at the Minnesota History Center. Books on the life and career of Cass Gilbert will be available for purchase at the Information Desk.

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.