Minnesota State Capitol tours to focus on building's awe-inspiring art

The Minnesota State Capitol will offer a special guided tour on Nov. 4 to examine in detail the capitol's impressive art and the artists who created it. Participants will examine the grand murals, powerful sculptures, exquisite decorations and the restored Rathskeller Cafe and meet a costumed History Player portraying John La Farge, who painted the murals in the Supreme Court Chamber. They'll also hear about the muralist movement in America in the 1890s-1910, the period during which the capitol was planned and built, and the allegory and symbolism in public artwork of the era. Architect Cass Gilbert's vision for the building brought together the art, architecture and overall decorative plan that make it one of the premier public buildings in the United States. Cost for this tour is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and college students, and $4 for children ages 6-17. Minnesota Historical Society members receive a $2 discount.

The Capitol is north of downtown St. Paul at 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., accessible from I-94 and I-35E. It is open for free guided tours year-round, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The last tour leaves one hour before closing. Reservations are recommended for special events. Call 296-2881 for more information.

The Society's calendar of events is posted on the Internet at events.mnhs.org/calendar. The web site also has information about all of the Society's programs, museums and historic sites. To request a free guide to museums and historic sites, call 1-800-657-3773.

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