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.

Field Trip Options

General Capitol Tour

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.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Homeschool
Cost: Free
Details: 45 minutes

I Spy!

Pre-schoolers learn about Minnesota’s state symbols on a seek-and-find tour of the State Capitol building. Tuesdays, June-Dec.

Grades: Pre-K
Cost: Free
Details: 40 minutes

Rally 'Round the Flag Civil War Tour

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.

Grades: 4, 5, 6
Cost: $8 per person
Details: 90 minutes

Taking Issue, Making a Stand

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.

Grades: 7, 8
Cost: $8 per person
Details: 2 hours

Voice of the People

High school students see legislators in action. After a guided government-focused tour, students observe an actual legislative hearing. Offered during legislative sessions only.

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost: $8 per person
Details: 3 hours

Art Treasures in the Capitol

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

Grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost: $2 per student
Details: 45 minutes