A 1904 Beaux-Arts style masterpiece, the Minnesota State Capitol building has undergone an eight-year renovation. Now visitors see the Capitol as bright and fresh as it was 100 years ago.
During the free 45-minute tours, groups visit the Rotunda, Governor’s Reception Room, House, Senate and Supreme Court Chambers. They also learn a bit about the building’s architect Case Gilbert. Weather permitting, they may view the spectacular Quadriga, which is the gold-leaf statuary group on top of the roof. Says Site Manager Brian Pease, “People especially enjoy seeing the newly restored art work which is one of the most visually stunning parts of the project.”
The restored German-themed Rathskeller Café in the basement of the Capitol is open during the legislative session. Or head to the nearby Minnesota History Center for a meal at Market House by D’Amico. Visitors may also bring a picnic and eat on the Capitol lawn.