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The Minnesota State Capitol was recently repaired and restored and celebrated a grand reopening in 2017.
Minnesota State Capitol App
The Department of Administration created a mobile app for the Grand Reopening. While this event is over, the app is still available and contains maps, photo spots and a scavenger hunt game to play during your visit! The app is free and available for download on the App Store or Google Play Store.
Tours at the Minnesota State Capitol
Guided tours last 45 minutes and start on the hour weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm for a suggested donation of $5. Get an overview of Capitol history, view the art and architecture, and learn a bit about state government. You'll also learn about the restoration efforts.
With smaller kids you may not be ready to commit to a 45-minute tour but still want to learn a little. Self-Guided Tours of the Capitol Mall are available on your cell phone by calling 877-411-4123. Choose the Minnesota State Capitol Mall tour from the menu. This tour gives information on the monuments and memorials on the Capitol grounds.
The Capitol was designed by Minnesota architect, Cass Gilbert, who you can learn a little more about here. Depending on the age of your kids and how in depth you want your visit to be, the Capitol's website has a wealth of information that you can study as a family before or after your visit regarding the art and exhibits currently on display.