After more than a century of use, the Capitol's exterior and infrastructure had reached a critical tipping point. There was significant deterioration of stone, leaking pipes, and lack of ventilation that were at the risk of failure. Work began in fall 2013 and will end in 2017.
Why is the restoration project happening now?
The need for restoration had been identified for more than 30 years.
In 2011, the Minnesota State Capitol Preservation Commission was formed by statute to develop a comprehensive, multi-year plan for the restoration, preservation and maintenance of the Minnesota State Capitol. Its 22 members include legislative leadership, the Governor, and four public citizens.
In 2012, the committee unanimously adopted a Comprehensive Master Plan to completely restore the Capitol. Also, the Minnesota legislature has granted appropriations to fund the restoration project.
The 2017 starts January 3. Legislative floor sessions will take place in the Capitol building.
Yes. The Capitol is open for the 2017 session while construction continues in some areas of the building. The Capitol has been undergoing a comprehensive preservation effort since 2013, the first since it opened in 1905. The project will be fully complete, and a public Grand Opening celebration held, in August 2017.
The Capitol Restoration is 95 percent complete. There is construction in some areas of the building and on the Capitol grounds.
To learn more:
The Restoration Project will not impact visitors to the Capitol during the 2017 Legislative Session.
2017 Events and rallies will be inside the Capitol. See the Public Events webpage for more information.
2017 Hearings will be held in various buildings, including the Capitol. Check the Legislative Meeting Calendar webpage to confirm a hearing location.
2017 Senate Chamber floor sessions will be held in Capitol building
2017 House Chamber floor sessions will be held in the Capitol building
The tunnel system, including the portion that runs under the Capitol building, is open to the public.
Use the Who Represents Me? District Finder Page for your legislator's current office location.
Reference the House and Senate Member Rosters.
MN Senate Information: 651-296-0504
MN House of Representatives Information: 651-296-2146
Visit the State Capitol Preservation Commission's Art Subcommittee website
Please check the Parking/Transportation section on this website for the most up-to-date information.
Yes! Tours are back!
The are three overarching principles that guide all work and decision making.
The Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project is funded through appropriations granted by the Minnesota legislature.
May 2012 - First appropriation granted - $38.2 million
May 2013 - Second appropriation granted - $109 million
May 2014 - Third appropriation granted- $126.3 million
Jun 2015 - Out of Scope appropriation granted - $32.924
Jun 2015 - Legacy Bill for Capitol Art Restoration appropriation granted - $3.25 million
Through a four-phase plan, the Capitol will remain partially open to the public and the State will continue to conduct its business during regular legislative sessions. Below are the phases and start dates.
Phase 1: September 2013
- Begin abatement, demolition and preparation of basement
Phase 2: February 2014- Begin to procure and construct mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure
Phase 3: June 2014- Close and repair the West Wing's ground and first floors. Close and repair the entire East Wing.
Phase 4: June 2015 - Close and repair the West Wing's second and third floors. Close and repair the entire North Wing.
Great effort has been made to reclaim, repair and reuse as much marble as possible for the restoration project. At this time there are no plans to sell pieces of the marble that were beyond repair, which are generally very small fragments. If there is a decision to sell any, it will be posted here.
We are currently planning a public multi-day celebration of the completion of the historic Capitol Restoration for fall 2017. For the most recent information see the Grand Opening page.