University of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS-ST.PAUL LANDMARKS

The Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155
Set in a landscaped campus with various monuments surrounding it, the State Capital building was designed by Cass Gilbert and modeled after Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The capitol is known for its unsupported marble dome, which is the second largest in the world after Saint Peter’s. Above the southern entrance is a gilded quadriga called The Progress of the State. The four horses are meant to represent the power of earth, wind, fire, and water in nature. The woman in back of the chariot represents civilization while the man in the front represents prosperity.
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm, Sunday 1-4pm. Free guided tours are offered Mon-Sat 10am-2pm and Sunday 1-3 pm

Fort Snelling
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111
(612)-726-1171

During the 19th century, the fur trade was thriving and the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers served as major transportation highways for the business. At the junction of these rivers, the U.S. Government saw the need for a military presence to oversee the trade along these busy routes. In response, following the War of 1812, Fort Snelling was built atop of the bluff overlooking the river junction, complete with military forces and an Indian agent who worked together to protect the interests of the fur trade. Fort Snelling served the U.S. military for over 120 years, participating in a rich history of war, Indian relationships and slavery. Today the fort has been restored to its original early-1800’s glory, allowing visitors to explore and learn of the events that shaped the region. The cemetery at Fort Snelling is the final resting place to over 180,000 men and women who served in the armed forces.
Accessible by car, light rail or bus.
Open Saturdays in May, 10am-5pm. Memorial Day-Labor Day: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm
Adults: $11; Seniors & College Students (with ID): $9; Ages 6-17: $6; Under 5: Free

Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612)-341-7555
Located in what was once the largest flour mill in the world, the Mill City Museum explores the impact of the flour mill industry on the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Take the “Flour Tower” elevator through the mill, visit the baking lab for baking demonstrations and fresh baked bread samples, watch a fun short-film on the city’s history, and make your way up to the 9th floor observation deck for views of the Mighty Mississippi, Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Falls.
Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm
Adults: $11; Seniors & College Students (with valid ID): $9; Ages 6-17: $6; 5 and under: Free

Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-296-8760
The home of the late politician Alexander Ramsey, this house is a premier example of Victorian style architecture in the United States. Ramsey served as the first Territorial Governor of Minnesota from 1849-53, was elected Mayor of St.-Paul in 1855, and then served as second Minnesota Governor from 1860-63 and from 1869-75 (serving the US Senate in between his terms as Governor). Ramsey built his lavish home in 1868, with the highest quality materials and furnishings. The house now offers a glimpse into this wealthy, Victorian-era lifestyle through immaculate restoration, tours, reenactments and exhibits.
Adults: $9; Seniors & College Students (with valid ID): $7; Ages 6-17: $6; 5 and under: Free

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 297-2555

Owned by and designed specifically for James J. Hill, this Guilded Age exhibits his grandiose vision as the builder of the Great Norther Railway. Hill oversaw the planning, construction, and furnishing of the  entire house as if it were a branch of his railroad. Completed in 1891, the house is 36,000 square feet on three acres. Sophisticated designs such as central-heating, gas, electric lighting and ventilation run through the five-story mansion.
Wed-Sat, 10am-3:30pm; Sun, 1pm-3:30pm
Art gallery hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 1pm-4pm. Closed major holidays.
Visit the entire home by guided tour only. Reservations recommended
. Adults: $9; Seniors & College Students (with valid ID): $7; Ages 6-17: $6; 5 and under: Free

Minnehaha Depot
Located in Minnehaha Park, near Hwy. 55 & Minnehaha Pkwy.
Dubbed the “Princess”, the Minnehaha train depot was built in 1875 as a train stop in Minnehaha Park on the first train line from Minneapolis to Chicago, the Milwaukee Road Railway. Urbanites took the train to Minnehaha Park to escape the hustle and bustle of Minneapolis.
View the exterior and grounds year-round. Interior open Memorial Day-Labor Day, Sundays, 2pm-6pm
Admission is Free

Hurbert H. Humphrey MFSC Metrodome
900 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 332-0386
Located in downtown Minneapolis, just across the river from the University of Minneapolis campus, the Metrodome is home to the NFL Minnesota Vikings and MLB Minnesota Twins, as well as Golden Gophers Baseball and Softball, and was also host to Gopher Football from 1982-2008. Nicknamed the ThunderDome, the Metrodome seats over 64,000 and is the nation’s largest air-supported, multiple-use facility-rotating doors keep the air that supports the dome from escaping. Built in 1982, the Metrodome is also notably the only public stadium in the country that does not rely on a continuing tax subsidy to operate. Throughout the winter months, the Metrodome hosts Roller-Dome, public in-line skating sessions.
Gopher Baseball schedule; Gopher Softball schedule