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. Or, enrich your trip by signing up for a hands-on education program. Legislators are notified for reserved student groups.
Minnesota State Capitol
Field Trip Options
Pre-schoolers learn about Minnesota's state symbols on a seek-and-find tour of the State Capitol building. Tuesdays, June - December.
Students search for art in the Capitol using a self-guided tour booklet, becoming junior art historians.
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.
Visitors hear stories about the capitol's history, art and architecture. They see the chambers where government decisions are made and, weather permitting, walk to the quadriga (golden horses) on the roof of the capitol. Tours leave on the hour. Groups of 10 or more need reservations two weeks in advance. Fee: Hourly guided tours are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person. Note: Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.
Guided activities illustrate architectural features -- domes, arches and focal points -- used by architect Cass Gilbert.
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.
High school students see legislators in action. After a guided government experience, students observe an actual legislative hearing. Offered during legislative sessions only.