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Visiting the Minnesota State Capitol

Find valuable information about visiting the Capitol while it is undergoing a historic restoration, renovation and repair initiative.

~ Did you know? Admin manages the Capitol Restoration Project. It also serves as the building's manager and as groundskeeper for the Capitol Complex.

Visitor Information

The Minnesota State Capitol is undergoing a $272.7 million, three plus-years restoration, renovation and repair initiative. Work began in fall 2013 and will end in 2017.

During the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project:

  • The Capitol will remain partially open to the public.
  • The State will continue to conduct its business during regular legislative sessions.
  • You may want plan for extra time to get to your location(s).


Visitors with disabilities please visit the 'Accessibility' tab of the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project website for more information on Capitol access.


Location


The Minnesota State Capitol is located on the north side of downtown St. Paul.

Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

Building Hours
Building hours are not affected by the restoration.

Mon - Fri, 7 am - 5 pm
Sat, 10 am - 3 pm
Sun, 1 pm - 4 pm

Blue arrow State Capitol Complex Visitor Map (PDF)

Full map of all buildings, parking facilities and transportation locations around the Capitol Complex.

Blue arrow State Capitol Building Visitor Map (PDF)

Map of the immediate vicinity of the Capitol building and the nearest parking facilities and transportation locations.

Parking


During the Capitol restoration project, parking locations and availability may change. Visit the Parking/Transit tab of the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project website for the most up-to-date information.


Where to Enter the Capitol Building


All Capitol entrances are closed except the South Main Entrance and Capitol basement tunnel. The wheelchair accessible entrance is located directly under the South Main Entrance stairs.

As the restoration progresses, available entrances may change. See the Visiting the Capitol tab of the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project website for the most up-to-date information.


What to Expect Inside the Capitol Building


The Capitol is an active construction site. Your safety is our number one priority. Please stay within the designated public areas.

Restrooms are very limited.

All floors of the East Wing and the Rotunda are closed. The Ground and 1st floors of the West Wing are closed, as well as the east elevator. Closures will vary as the restoration progresses. 

What's open: West Wing 1st and 2nd floors, entire North Wing. West elevator.

Expect construction workers and machinery. Expect noise and vibration coming from behind temporary walls.

Since this is a top-to-bottom restoration, the exterior is also a construction zone. Expect scaffolding, chain link fences, machinery, workers and closed sidewalks.

Most offices are relocating to other Capitol Complex buildings. Check the Department Relocation List (PDF) for the most current information.

Getting Around the Capitol Basement Tunnel

Effective August 28, 2014, the Capitol basement tunnel is open to employees only. It will reopen to the public in December.


Tours


Self-guided outdoor Capitol Mall walking and virtual tours are available. To learn more about the "Capitol Memorials and Remembrances Walking Tour," see the Minnesota Historical Society website. Indoor tours have been suspended until construction work is complete in 2017.


Visiting your Legislator


Most Capitol building tenants have relocated to other buildings. To find your legislator's office:

  1. Enter your full address on the Who Represents Me? webpage, click the SEARCH button. 
  2. Click on the name of the legislator you are visiting. Your legislator's webpage with current contact information will pop up.
  3. Or contact the Senate or House information offices at the following numbers: 

Minnesota Senate Information: 651-296-0504
Minnesota House of Representatives Information: 651-296-2146


Attending a Hearing


During the restoration project, hearings will be held in either the State Office Building or the State Capitol.  Check the Legislative Meeting Calendar webpage to confirm a hearing location.


Events and Rallies


The Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project has affected locations available for public rallies and special events through the end of 2016. The Rotunda is completely blocked off and a majority of the Capitol is not accessible to the public while major renovations take place on all levels of the Capitol. All public rallies on the Capitol Complex grounds will be held outside.

Blue arrow To Find Your Event

Check the Capitol Complex Events Calendar webpage. 

Blue arrow Alternate Indoor Venues  

See indoor options for public events at nearby state buildings and private organizations on the State Capitol Alternate Venue flyer (PDF). 

For more information or questions on event permits, equipment rental, and event resources visit the Public Events webpage.


Amenities


Restrooms

Restrooms are available wherever floor access is available. Current public restroom locations are:

  • Basement - near the Rathskeller Cafe, men and women
  • Ground Floor - temporary heated restroom structures are located outside the south entrance 
  • First Floor - none
  • Second Floor - east side of House Chamber, unisex
  • Third Floor - east side of House Chamber, unisex

Dining

  • Rathskeller Cafe (the Capitol cafeteria) - Closed for the season. Will reopen for the 2015 Legislative Session.
  • Drinking Fountains - Working fountains are available wherever floor access is available.
  • Cafeterias in other buildings on the Capitol Complex will remain open. The closest ones to the Capitol are in the Centennial building and the Transportation building.


ATM

  • There is an ATM in the Capitol basement tunnel near the Rathskeller entrance. 


Lost and Found

Call 651-201-2300. You will reach the Department of Administration's Plant Management Division, which provides lost and found services to the Capitol Complex area.

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