Architecture Tour at the Minnesota State Capitol Aug. 17

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Release dated: 
July 17, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Brian Pease • Minnesota State Capitol • 651-296-1735 •

Quick facts: 

Event: Architecture Tour of the State Capitol
Date: Saturday, Aug. 17
Time: 11 a.m.
Fee: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17; $2 discount for MHS members.
Reservations: required, register online.

Place: Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul MN 55155
Phone: 651-296-2881

Architecture Tour at the Minnesota State Capitol Aug. 17

Capitol interiorOn Saturday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m., join a 90-minute guided tour of the Minnesota State Capitol, one of the grandest and most architecturally appealing public buildings in the United States.

This special "Architecture Tour of the State Capitol" will highlight the Beaux-Arts styled masterpiece, the work of Cass Gilbert, one of America's first celebrity architects. Taking 8 years to complete, Gilbert's vision of a classically-styled public building with all the modern conveniences of the time, became a reality in 1905.

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.

To help illustrate one of the most important architectural and engineering wonders of the building, a cut-away drawing of the dome system and photographs documenting the construction of the building will be on display.

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

This summer explore more than 500 museums statewide with the free Minnesota Museums app, brought to you by the Minnesota Association of Museums and the Minnesota Historical Society. Browse Minnesota museums by name, category or location; create an itinerary, check off museums you've visited and upload favorite museum photos; plus the app will also suggest museums based on geographic location. The Minnesota Museums app is made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at 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.