Built from 1896-1905, the Minnesota State Capitol, designed by Cass Gilbert, is monumental in size and unrivaled in its grandeur, works of art and architectural elements. The soaring dome - one of the largest self-supporting marble domes in the world, historic chambers and rooms, marble columns and large scale murals are available for viewing on guided or self-guided tours. As the seat of state government it is also a very active building. The public is invited to view the proceedings in the legislative chambers and committee hearings when in session.
From 2013-2017, the Capitol underwent a comprehensive repair and restoration that included exterior stonework repair and replication, installation of new electrical and mechanical systems; upgrades for life safety and the opening of more public spaces while maintaining the historical integrity of the building. Two visible results of this project is the restoration of the interior decoration and conservation of the the artwork.
Free guided tours provided by the Minnesota Historical Society highlight the architecture, art, Minnesota history and state government process and are available year around.