Tours at the State Capitol in June Highlight Architecture and Construction History

For immediate release

Release dated: 
May 14, 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
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

Tours at the State Capitol in June Highlight Architecture and Construction History

The Minnesota State Capitol is undergoing a multi-year renovation project that includes restoring and updating the grand building. Visitors in June can participate in special tours that look back at the buildings architecture, preservation and construction history.

Event: Architecture Tour of the State Capitol
Date: June 14
Time: 11 a.m.
Fee: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations: required, call 651-296-2881 or register online.

Cass Gilbert and draftsmen

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.

Event: Capitol Construction Tour
Dates: June 28 and Aug. 16
Time: 11 a.m.
Fee: $9 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS 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. This 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 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.

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