Minnesota State Capitol, Saint Paul

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Completed in 1905, the Minnesota State Capitol is used by the Minnesota Governor, Supreme Court, Senate and House of Representatives. Designed by Cass Gilbert, who was known for his classical style and pioneering skyscrapers, the Capitol features the second-largest self-supporting marble dome in the world, works by important 19th- and 20th-century artists, and battle flags from the Civil and Spanish-American Wars.
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  • August 11, 2017
    July 2017 - We rode the lite rail from downtown Minneapolis Government Plaza to the State Capitol Building at St. Paul. We arrived just in time for the free guided tour with about 20 other people. At ...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Touring this building was both interesting and awe-inspiring! The knowledge and enthusiasm of the tour guide made the tour even more enjoyable.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Walking up the front stairs to the capitol gives you a quite an impressive picture of the size of it. We had a wonderful and very informative tour guide who walked us thru the newly completed renovati...  more »
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  • June 17, 2017
    Touring it was a great way to spend a couole of summer hours. Go to the information/visitor center on the 1st floor at the beginning so you'll have a map of the bldg. They have nice inexpensive post cards & bookmarks. Also the water fountains & restrooms are clean & plentiful. It is wheelchair friendly!
  • July 1, 2017
    Having held the Anonymous Million Mask March Minnesota every November 5th since 2012 in Saint Paul at the capitol, the administration has been a pleasure to work with. Capitol Administrator Anne Johnson is the epitome of "Minnesota Nice". She and her staff are friendly and professional always making certain our events have everything we need. Very helpful! The State Troopers who secure the captiol grounds are firm but fair and we have experienced no problems from this office to date. Much respect for Anne!!!! Thanks for making the past 4 years of the MMMMN epic events and we look forward to working with you for many years to come. Anonymous will not stop until every single one of us is free. Disobey... together... We remove the control. Expect us.
  • June 23, 2017
    There are so many things to see and appreciate in this most beautiful of public buildings. Take your time (take a tour!) and really immerse yourself in the experience. (the basement level is a hidden gem.)
  • March 17, 2017
    Beautiful place to visit (and free). There are lots of plaques to read and beautiful art to look at.
  • February 9, 2017
    A very beautiful and historic building. Worth seeing if you're a tourist like me.

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Where to stay in Saint Paul

Places to stay in St. Paul sit concentrated in the downtown area. The Lowertown Historic District, which includes some of the city's oldest buildings, makes a particularly attractive option. Hotels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts here can put you just steps from the Mississippi River, while the greater downtown area also offers apartment rentals and hostels. Staying downtown also puts you within walking distance of most of the city's prime attractions. Additionally, you'll find a handful of national-chain hotels on the east side of town near Interstate 494 / 694.
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