Field Trips

Minnesota State Capitol

From its grand stairs to its chambers, the Capitol always has something to see. All groups may take a 45-minute general tour free with reservations. Enrich your trip by signing up for a hands-on education program. Legislators are notified for reserved student groups.

Academic Standards: 

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

Field Trip Options

I Spy!

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

Grades: Pre-K Details: 40 minutes Cost: $3 per student

Art Treasures in the Capitol

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

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

"Rally 'Round the Flag" Civil War Tour

What was it like to be a Civil War soldier from Minnesota? 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 Details: 90 minutes Cost: $6 per person

State Capitol General Tour

Students explore the capitol's history, art and architecture. They see the chambers where government decisions are made and, 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 Details: 45 minutes Cost: Free

Architecture Adventure

Guided activities illustrate architectural features -- domes, arches and focal points -- used by architect Cass Gilbert.

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

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. Teachers choose one of the following issues:

  • Total Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving - Students argue for and against this issue before a mock "Transportation Committee."
  • Anti-Bullying - The Minnesota Safe and Supportive Schools Act - Students argue for and against this issue before a mock "Education Committee."
  • Appropriation Challenge - Students discover the challenges of appropriating limited public dollars as they try to persuade the mock "Capital Investment Committee" to fund their assigned capital project: a new Vikings stadium or a full restoration of the State Capitol.

 

Grades: 7, 8 Details: 2 hours Cost: $6 per person

Voice of the People

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

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Details: 3 hours Cost: $6 per person