The Minnesota State Capitol is located on the north side of downtown St. Paul. It is accessible from the east and west on I-94, and from the north and south on I-35E.
Minnesota State Capitol (map)
75 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Parking information is available on the directions and parking page of the Minnesota State Capitol website from the Minnesota Historical Society. The accessibility page of the Capitol website has links to accessible parking information and maps.
Keep in mind that parking is very limited during the legislative session (January-May). You may want to consider public transportation. Both the Metro Transit bus line and the Green Line light rail have stops near the Capitol.
Indoor guided and self-guided tours are available.
The only people admitted on the floor of the Senate Chamber are members of the Senate and House, constitutional officers, ex-governors of Minnesota, judges of the Trial and Appellate Courts, members of Congress, members of the press, and Senate staff.
See also the FAQ: Are visitors allowed to attend sessions of the Senate and House?
The only people admitted on the floor of the House Chamber are members of the House and Senate, constitutional officers, ex-governors of Minnesota, judges of the Trial and Appellate Courts, members of Congress, members of the press, and House staff. The House rules note that a "family member of a member" is also allowed. In addition, some allowances are made for special visitors to go onto the House floor. The House rules contains a complete list of those admitted.
Yes. Public galleries are accessible from the third floor of the Capitol. No passes are required except for opening day and when the Legislature meets in joint session. The Sergeant-at-Arms may be contacted for seats for groups in the galleries. No visitors are allowed on the floor of the Senate. Some visitors are allowed on the House floor, but they must obtain permission. No smoking is permitted on the floor of the Senate, the House, or in the galleries. Public photos are prohibited. Staff photographers in both the House and Senate are allowed to photograph proceedings. Applause, demonstrations, and food and beverages are also prohibited in the galleries.
There are few restrictions for taking photographs in the Capitol - including using tripods/monopods or flash photography.
The restrictions are:
Approval and coordination of special events and public rallies within Capitol Complex buildings and grounds is managed by the Department of Administration.
See also the FAQ: How do I schedule a press conference or reserve a room at the Capitol?
For information about access to Capitol spaces contact the Department of Administration at 651-201-2300. To reserve a Senate hearing room, please fill out the Request for Use of Senate Facilities form. Contact the Senate Sergeant at Arms at 651-296-0866 with any questions. To reserve a House hearing room, please contact the House Speaker's Office at 651-296-0306.
See also the FAQ: Who do I contact to schedule an event at the Capitol?
Yes. The accessibility page on the Minnesota State Capitol website from the Minnesota Historical Society contains information such as entrances available for visitors with limited mobility and services available for visitors with hearing or visual impairment.
For more information, call: 651-259-3292
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some Capitol area buildings are restricting visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please confirm that the building you wish to visit accepts visitors before you arrive.
The cafeterias inside the State Capitol's Rathskeller Café and the Transportation Building are open. The Transportation Building cafeteria is open on a trial basis depending on the volume of customer patronage. The Rathskeller Café in the basement of the State Capitol will remain open until the end of the 2023 legislative session.
Hours for both the Rathskeller and Transportation Building cafeterias will be Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
There is a convenience store on the second floor of the State Capitol operated by Services for the Blind, which is open periodically during the 2023 legislative session.
There are several maps available from the Minnesota Department of Administration about the Capitol Complex area. The State Capitol Complex Visitor Map (PDF) is a full map of all buildings, parking facilities and public transportation locations in the Capitol Complex.
The Geospacial Information Office has an Interactive Map of the Capitol Area (Web page). Click on a location to get directions via Google Maps.
There are lactation rooms available in the Capitol, Minnesota Senate Building, and the State Office Building.
Capitol - Room 104A is the Mother's Room. It is located on the first floor of the Capitol Building near the elevators/stairwell between the North and West corridors.
Minnesota Senate Building - Two rooms are available: G007 and G008. They are each labeled "Nursing Mother Room" and are located on the ground floor across from the double elevators.
State Office Building - One room is available. A key can be requested from House Human Resources on the first floor. During the legislative session the room is in high demand, so there may be a wait to access it.
Hearing rooms in the Minnesota Senate Building and the State Office Building are accessible to individuals using wheelchairs.
The State Capitol is wheelchair accessible except for the roof. Please see the accessibility page of the Minnesota State Capitol website for more details.
The Capitol Complex has designated parking and entrance ramps to provide easy access to the buildings, including the Minnesota Senate Building, State Office Building, and Capitol. The Minnesota State Capitol Directions and Parking page has more detailed parking information.
Two wheelchairs are available, courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society, at the Capitol Information and Tour Center for visitor use in the State Capitol only. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the Minnesota Historical Society with questions: 651-259-3292.
The official repository for lost and found items at the Capitol Complex is the Facilities Management Office in G10 in the Admin Building.
If you lost something recently, please contact these offices first: