State Capitol Tours Feature Art and Architecture in April

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Release dated: 
March 5, 2014
Media contacts: 

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
Event: Art and Architecture Tours in April

Registration: required, call 651-296-2881 or register online
Phone: 651-296-2881
Email: statecapitol@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/statecapitol

State Capitol Tours Feature Art and Architecture in April

Two special tours in April will highlight the art and architecture of Minnesota's State Capitol building.

Sculptures at the Capitol Capitol Art and Artists Tour
Date:
Saturday, April 12
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations: required; call 651-296-2881 or register online.

See the grand murals, sculptures and lavish decorations in this tour that focuses on the art and artists of the Capitol. Visit the Rathskeller Cafe and view works by artists Kenyon Cox, Edwin Blashfield, John LaFarge, Elmer Garnsey and others. Hear stories about the artists, learn about the muralist movement in America and see how the art, architecture and overall decorative plan harmonize to make the Capitol one of the premier public buildings in the United States.

State Capitol BuildingArchitecture Tour of the State Capitol
Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations: required; call 651-296-2881 or register online.

Take a 90 minute guided tour of one of the 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 included stops in the legislative chambers, rotunda and a rooftop visit to see stunning views of the city and a close-up look at the Quadriga (golden horses) weather permitting.

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.

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.

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