MEDIA ALERT: MN State Capitol Opens Tuesday After 3+ Year, $310 Million Renovation, Plus See Capitol Then and Now With Newly Digitized 1905 Construction Photo Album

For immediate release

Release dated: 
December 30, 2016
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org or Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

MEDIA ALERT: MN State Capitol Opens Tuesday After 3+ Year, $310 Million Renovation, Plus See Capitol Then and Now With Newly Digitized 1905 Construction Photo Album

The Minnesota State Capitol reopens to the public on Jan. 3, 2017 after a three and a half year, $310 million restoration project. Members of the public and the media are encouraged to visit the Capitol and take a tour. Please check in at the new MNHS info desk. 

Guided tours run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tour guides will lead visitors through the building showcasing the renovation effort and providing an overview of Capitol history, art, architecture and state government. Tours are free with a suggested donation of $5. Advance registration is not necessary.

An online press kit is available and additional restoration photos can be found at the Minnesota Department of Administration Flickr pool.

Plus, see what construction looked like in 1905 when the Capitol was first built. MNHS has just digitized a photo book with 275-images of the Capitol’s construction from 1896-1905. The book was rescued from a landfill in the 1950s and eventually purchased by Tom Blanck, founder of the Cass Gilbert Society. MNHS acquired the book in May 2015. Members of the media may use images to promote the Capitol as long as credit is given: courtesy Minnesota Historical Society.

Explore more of the Capitol with the newly launched Minnesota State Capitol website.