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Visitors to the capitol will find a unique blend of prairie-themed Art Deco styling. Designed in monumental scale with majestic proportions, visitors will see chandeliers representing heads of wheat; ceiling lighting representing the sunrise, moon and stars; and bronze elevator doors depicting the history of life on the prairie. The observation deck provides a 360-degree view of the Bismarck-Mandan area. The grounds are equally spectacular with many monuments and statues, as well as an Arboretum Trail with more than 75 types of trees and the trail passes statues and memorials which symbolize our state's history and heritage.
There are two new ways to experience a tour of the North Dakota State Capitol: self-guided on
kiosks located throughout the Capitol, and virtually online.
are five tablet kiosks, located around the Capitol. Each kiosk houses short
videos describing the surrounding areas of interest, all of which can be also
accessed online at https://www.omb.nd.gov/capitol-complex/virtual-tour.
The tour videos are narrated by a Capitol tour guide and feature both historic and modern footage of the building. One kiosk is located on the Ground floor, three are on the 1st floor, and one is on the 18th floor. In-person visitors can follow maps from kiosk to kiosk or scan a QR code to take the tour on their smartphones.
Guided tours will continue to be available seven days per week through Labor Day weekend:
- Monday through Saturday, on the hour from 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m.
- Sunday, on the hour from 1 - 3 p.m.
- Accessible Entrance,
- Passenger Drop-off/Pick-up,
- Service Animals Allowed,
- Wheelchair-accessible Elevator,
- Wheelchair-accessible Parking,
- Wheelchair-accessible Restrooms,
- Wheelchair-accessible Seating
- General Information
- Free Admission
- Parking Lot