Field Trips: Minnesota State Capitol

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Minnesota State Capitol.

Visit Minnesota’s beautifully restored 1905 capitol and learn about government process while taking in its incredible architecture, art, and history. Legislators are notified to meet reserved student groups after the tour, if their schedules allow.

Field trip options

General Capitol Tour

Grades K–12
Explore the capitol’s history, art, and architecture. Students visit the chambers where government decisions are made. Weather permitting, visit the quadriga (golden horses) on the roof of the capitol. Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more, and must be made two weeks in advance.

  • Free
  • 45 minutes

I Spy!

Ages 3-5
Pre-schoolers learn about Minnesota’s state symbols on a seek-and-find tour of the State Capitol.

  • Tuesdays, June-Dec.
  • Free
  • 40 minutes

Rally ‘Round the Flag Civil War Tour

Grades 4-6
What was it like to be a Minnesota Civil War soldier? Why is the capitol a time capsule of Civil War history? Students explore these questions and participate in activities focused on Civil War artifacts and artwork in the building.

  • $8 per student
  • 90 minutes

Taking Issue, Making a Stand

Grades 7-8
Students tour the capitol to find out how and where citizens get involved in government, then conduct their own legislative hearing to debate a real issue.

  • $8 per student
  • 2 hours

Voice of the People

Grades 9-12
High school students see legislators in action. After a guided government-focused tour, students observe an actual legislative hearing.

  • Offered during legislative session only.
  • $8 per student
  • 3 hours
  • Tours available: 9–12:15 and 11:30–2:15
  • Tour only available during session

Self guided tours

Art Treasures in the Capitol

Ages 8 and up
Students search for art in the capitol using a self-guided tour booklet, becoming junior art historians.

  • $2 per student
  • 45 minutes

Academic standards

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.

Minnesota State Capitol

75 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155

Cost

General tour free.
For additional lessons:

  • $8 per student, $80 minimum group fee
  • Teachers free
  • One free adult per five students. Additional chaperones invoiced at student rate.

Lunch information

Call the department of administration at 651-201-2300 for indoor lunch reservations.

Scholarships, grants, and subsidies

Apply for the Legacy Field Trip Support Fund or other grants and subsidies.