Pretty hard NOT to see it when you live in Bismarck

That's an obvious opening statement - YES, OUR Capital building - The State Capital Of North Dakota skyscraper - "Completed and occupied in 1935, North Dakota’s State Capitol was built as a result of a fire which destroyed the original capitol building in 1930. North Dakota’s State Capitol is one of three high-rise capitol buildings in the country and represents North Dakota’s tallest building" according to Are you looking for something FREE? Are you looking to impress ( including yourself ) some family members or friends who are coming out to visit? Look no further.

State employees Cindy Solberg and Bob Redd take great pride in their tours

Did you just roll your eyes when I said "FREE"? This is the best 45 minutes you will ever spend. First of all, here is everything you need to know:

Tours are available year-round, Monday through Friday:

  • On the hour from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome! Please check in at the Information Desk located on the ground floor of the state capitol building.

Large groups are encouraged to call ahead and schedule a tour or complete the tour request form below.

For security purposes, the south doors are available as the only public entrance at all times. 

Questions? Call 701.328.2480.


Now I'm going to be honest with you...

...I've lived here in Bismarck for almost 4 years, and not once have I thought about checking out the Capital building, until now. I spent about 10 minutes on the phone with Bob and I am ready for a tour. As always, I had a chance to ask him what his favorite part of the job is - "No doubt meeting groups of people that come in, most of them arrive pretty much unimpressed, and 45 minutes later leave blown away by the inner beauty of the building. A piece of art -  a special vibe of art decor you take in all around you" Imagine as you work your way up to the observation deck ( 2nd to the last floor ) that this structure is almost 93 years old. On a clear day, you can see 35 miles to the west and east. I can't think of anything more charming than coming to work and enlightening so many people all year round.

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