The Minnesota State Capitol is undergoing a $309.674 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.
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
Parking information is available on the directions and parking page of the Minnesota State Capitol website from the Minnesota Historical Society. A PDF map of accessible parking is available from the Minnesota Department of Administration.
Keep in mind that parking is very limited during the legislative session (January-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.
Indoor guided and self-guided tours have resumed. However, there are several areas still under construction.
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.
See also the FAQ: Are visitors allowed to attend sessions of the Senate and House?
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.
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.
There are no restrictions for taking photographs in the Capitol - including using tripods/monopods or flash photography.
The only exception is for someone trying to set-up a photo shoot where a lot of equipment is required (i.e. Stand-alone lighting, taking up public space for a length of time, etc.). In that situation, permission is required. Contact the Minnesota Department of Administration's Facilities Management Office (651-201-2300).
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.
The accessibility page on the Minnesota State Capitol website from the Minnesota Historical Society contains information such as entrances available for visitors with limited mobility and services available for visitors with hearing or visual impairment.
For more information, call 651-296-2881
or email email@example.com.
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.
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.
See also: How will the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project affect my visit?
There are lactation rooms available in the Minnesota Senate Building and the State Office Building. Public access to the Capitol is limited during the 2016 legislative session.
Minnesota Senate Building - Two rooms are available: G007 and G008. They are each labeled "Nursing Mother Room" and are located on the ground floor across from the double elevators. Keys can be requested from the Sergeant at Arms Office.
State Office Building - One room is available. A key can be requested from House Human Resources on the first floor. During the legislative session the room is in high demand, so there may be a wait to access it.
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