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Visiting the Capitol

1. How will the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project affect my visit?

Answer

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. For the latest information about parking, accessibility, news, and FAQs, visit the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project website.

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.

Building Hours

Building hours are not affected by the restoration.
Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.–4 p.m.

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

2. Do you have travel directions to the Minnesota State Capitol?

Answer

The Minnesota State Capitol is located on the north side of downtown St. Paul. It is accessible from the east and west on I-94, and from the north and south on I-35E.

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

Directions

  • From eastbound I-94: Exit at Marion Street. Turn left. Go to Aurora Avenue and turn right. Go one block and enter Parking Lot AA.
  • From westbound I-94: Exit at Marion Street. Turn right. Go to Aurora Avenue and turn right. Go one block and enter Parking Lot AA.
  • From northbound I-35E: Exit at Kellogg Boulevard. Turn left. Go to John Ireland Boulevard and turn right. Metered parking spaces line both sides of the boulevard.
  • From southbound I-35E: Exit at University Avenue. Turn right. Go to Rice Street and turn left. Go one block, turn right and enter Parking Lot AA.

3. Are tours of the Capitol available?

Answer

Yes. Tours of non-construction areas in the Capitol building are offered by the Minnesota Historical Society.

4. Who is allowed on the floor of the Senate?

Answer

The only people admitted on the floor of the Senate Chamber are members of the Senate and House, constitutional officers, ex-governors of Minnesota, judges of the Trial and Appellate Courts, members of Congress, members of the press, and Senate staff.

5. Who is allowed on the floor of the House?

Answer

The only people admitted on the floor of the House Chamber are members of the House and Senate, constitutional officers, ex-governors of Minnesota, judges of the Trial and Appellate Courts, members of Congress, members of the press, and House staff. In addition, some allowances are made for special visitors to go onto the House floor.

6. Are visitors allowed to attend sessions of the Senate and House?

Answer

Yes. Public galleries are accessible from the third floor of the Capitol. No passes are required except for opening day and when the Legislature meets in joint session. The Sergeant-at-Arms may be contacted for seats for groups in the galleries. No visitors are allowed on the floor of the Senate. Some visitors are allowed on the House floor, but they must obtain permission. No smoking is permitted on the floor of the Senate, the House, or in the galleries. Public photos are prohibited. Staff photographers in both the House and Senate are allowed to shoot proceedings. Applause, demonstrations, and food and beverages are also prohibited in the galleries.

7. Who do I contact to schedule an event at the Capitol?

Answer

Approval and coordination of special events and public rallies within Capitol Complex buildings and grounds is managed by the Department of Administration. Events and rallies will continue during the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project.

8. Is there a guide to the Capitol for visitors with disabilities?

Answer

For the latest information about accessibility and services provided to visitors with disabilities during the Capitol restoration project, visit the Accessibility tab of the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project website.

9. Where do I park when I visit the Capitol?

Answer

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

Keep in mind that parking is very limited during the legislative session (Jan-May). You may want to consider public transportation. Both the Metro Transit bus line and the Green Line light rail have stops near the Capitol. See the Parking/Transit tab of the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project website for more information.

10. What food services are available in the Capitol?

Answer

The Rathskeller Café (Capitol cafeteria), located in the basement, is open during the legislative session. Cafeterias in other Capitol Complex buildings are open year round. The cafeterias closest to the Capitol building are in the Centennial Office Building and the Transportation Building. Weekly menus are available online.

11. Is there a map of the Capitol available?

Answer

Below are links to maps to help you navigate the Capitol Complex area.

State Capitol Complex Visitor Map (PDF)
Full map of all buildings, parking facilities and public transportation locations in the Capitol Complex.

State Capitol Building Visitor Map (PDF)
Map of immediate vicinity of the Capitol building and the nearest parking facilities, disability parking, and transportation locations.

Interactive Map of the Capitol Area (web page)
Click on a location to get directions via Google Maps.

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