Tours are an ideal way for anyone to learn more about a new city without resorting to drastic measures such as running for mayor. Get acquainted with St. Paul and the Minnesota State Capitol the easy way with this Groupon.
$9 for a 90-Minute Themed Tour of the Minnesota State Capitol for Two (Up to $18 Value)
Choose one of five tour themes:
- Art & Artists of the State Capitol
- Architecture of the State Capitol
- State Capitol Construction
- Civil War
- Women’s History
- Visit schedule for list of available times.<p>
Thirty tour-takers gather for one of five 90-minute themed tours of the Minnesota State Capitol. The Art & Artists tour teaches groups the history of the building’s historical murals, paintings, and sculptures and their creators, before visiting the German-style rathskeller café. The architecture tour focuses on acclaimed architect Cass Gilbert’s Beaux-Arts-style edifice, while the State Capitol Construction tour delves into the time, materials, and men it took to build before opening in 1905. A Civil War tour focuses on authentic battle flags from Minnesota regiments, battle paintings, and statues, which lead to discussion of Minnesota’s role in the war, and the Women’s History tour examines the struggle for women’s suffrage in the Minnesota legislature and the governmental strides woman have taken since then. <p>
Minnesota State Capitol
In 1905, the Minnesota State Capitol building opened to the public; more than a century later, it continues to welcome more than 120,000 visitors each year to the home of the state government’s three branches. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style by acclaimed architect Cass Gilbert, the building lays claim to world’s second-largest self-supporting marble dome, a title the dome maintains by working a second job as the back-up roof of the Metrodome. Within the white Georgia marble and Saint Cloud–granite exterior of the edifice, 67 senators and 134 representatives wrangle with politics while striding through stately corridors and chambers decorated by murals, sculptures, and paintings carefully selected by Gilbert to complement the building’s elegant style. Hand-painted arabesques and local flora swirl overhead on the vaulted ceilings, and the brushstrokes of John LaFarge depict legal concepts above the bench of Minnesota’s supreme court. Visitors can drop into the rathskeller café, which evokes a German eating hall with restored murals, for a bite to eat and a toast to the health of the state’s royal family.