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The Capitol is now Closed to the Public

The entire Capitol building is under construction and closed to the public until early 2017. The basement tunnel remains open via key card for tenants and employees.


Art Subcommittee Meeting - Monday, October 12

The public is welcome to attend!

Monday, October 12
10:15 am - 2:30 pm.
Minnesota Judicial Center – Room G-31

Topics include Native Americans in existing Capitol art, approaches to the governors' portraits, public input meetings.


Capitol mystery: Who took Cass Gilbert's chairs (and other stuff)?

Years ago, people didn't consider historic the 1,600 furniture pieces designed by Capitol architect Cass Gilbert. Over time about half were sold, discarded or lost. Where did they go?
Read about (or listen to) the efforts to round up furniture missing from the Capitol during the building's restoration. Minnesota Public Radio (4 minutes, 19 seconds).


A Massive Preservation Effort is Underway

The Capitol is undergoing a $309.674 million, three plus-years comprehensive renovation, repair and restoration.


Repairing over a Century of Wear and Tear

After 109 years, the Capitol had reached a critical deterioration point -  crumbling exterior, antiquated infrastructure, and inadequate life safety systems.


See Behind-the-Scenes Videos, Photos and More!

Multimedia helps to tell the story about the Restoration Project as it unfolds. Watch marble carving, learn about the Rotunda restoration, and be sure to check out our Restoration Blog and pictures on Flickr

Read the Capitol Restoration Blog | Like us on Facebook | Check out behind-the-scenes photos on Flickr

Welcome to the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project!

Our Capitol is undergoing its first comprehensive preservation effort since its original construction in 1905. When completed in 2017, it will be strong enough to last for the next 100 years. In the meantime, the Capitol is an active construction site impacting all building operations including hearings, floor sessions, rallies and tours.

During Construction

- The Capitol is now closed to the public until early 2017.
- Indoor tours are suspended.
- Basement tunnel access remains open via key card access for tenants and employees. 
- The State will continue to conduct its business during regular legislative sessions.

Browse this Website to Learn

- Vital information about visiting the Capitol Complex area during the Capitol Restoration Project. 
- Fun details about this exciting project!

Visiting the Capitol

Get help finding your hearings, legislators and events.

Parking and Transportation

Get information on parking facilities; street parking; public transportation; bike racks; and street closures and detours.


Learn about accessibility and the services provided to visitors with disabilities during the Capitol Restoration Project.

Behind the Scenes

Wonder what goes on behind the temporary walls? Check out these videos and slide shows. Plus, our weekly blog provides insight into the Capitol's original construction in 1905.

About the Project

Get details on the Capitol Restoration Project scope of work, guiding principles, historical timeline, financing, planning process and more.

Art in the Capitol

Get information about Capitol Preservation Commission's Art Subcommittee's progress toward its review and recommendations about existing Capitol art pieces as well as art for new public spaces available when the Restoration Project is complete. Public input is welcome!

Note: 2015 Special Session was held on Friday, June 12. The Legislature adjourned and completed its work setting the State budget. Gov. Dayton signed the remaining legislation into law on Saturday, June 13.

Please plan for more time to reach your destination(s).


Minnesota State Capitol
75 Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155


The Capitol building is closed to the public until early 2017.
The basement tunnel remains open via key card for
employees and tenants.