Minnesota State Capitol Reopens

mn-capitol_logo_vert-01After a $310 million restoration project lasting more than three years, the Minnesota State Capitol will reopen to the public on January 3, 2017, and you are invited to check it out and take a tour.

Guided tours run from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Saturday, and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm 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, and advance registration is not necessary. 

Building Highlights

What has been going on over the last 3+ years as part of the restoration?

  • Fully restored Senate and House of Representatives chambers and Supreme Court courtroom
  • Restored and repaired exterior marble
  • Newly uncovered and restored skylights and historically accurate glass front elevators
  • Almost 40,000 square feet of new public gathering spaces, including meeting rooms, working and relaxing spaces, and new gallery space
  • New MNHS information and tour center, as well as classrooms, which will welcome students and visitors of all ages and interests
  • Expanded dining in the basement level near the Rathskeller Cafe and a new grab-and-go lunch counter on the second floor
  • Upgrades to make the Capitol ADA accessible

Some finishing work will continue in 2017, resulting in limited or no access to the roof and Quadriga, the west wing third floor and the north wing ground floor. This work is expected to be completed by summer, when a free grand opening celebration is scheduled for the weekend of August 11-13, 2017. More details on that to come.

For now, though, there’s plenty to see in the newly finished Capitol building. For more information on the restoration, please visit the Minnesota Historical Society’s website.

The Minnesota State Capitol exterior, c. 1913

The Minnesota State Capitol exterior, c. 1913

 

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