Special Theme Tours of the Minnesota State Capitol in October

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Release dated: 
September 4, 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

Special Theme Tours of the Minnesota State Capitol in October

Take a new look at the Minnesota State Capitol this October with two special theme tours. The Capitol Construction Tour explores the methods used and the workers who helped build Minnesota's most important public building. Shadows and Spirits takes visitors on a shadowy evening tour through the Capitol where they will encounter the spirits of the Capitol's history.

state capitol constructionCapitol Construction Tour
Saturday,Oct. 5
11 a.m.
$9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members
Reservations required, 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. During this 90-minute tour, 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.

Shadows and Spirits of the Capitol
Oct. 17-19 and Oct. 24-26
6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.
$12 adults, $11 seniors and college students, $9 children ages 6 - 17, $2 discount for MHS members
Reservations required, call 651-296-2881

shadows of the CapitolThese popular annual tours allow visitors to see the Capitol in a historical setting with lighting similar to what existed when the building opened in 1905. As tour groups move through the shadowy and eerily lit rotunda, hallways and chambers, they will meet historical "spirits" who tell stories of the Capitol's early history, including a night watchman, Civil War veteran, a woman suffragist, a dome foreman and an artist who decorated the Supreme Court chamber. These 60 minute tours leave every half-hour.

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

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