Montana State Capitol Tours

The Montana State Capitol is located at 1301 East 6th Ave, Helena

You can take a comprehensive, guided tour to discover the building’s magnificent history, ornate art, classical architecture, and role as the seat of Montana state government. Or you can explore the Capitol on your own with the aid of self-guiding tour booklets  and a scavenger hunt  for kids led by Lewis and Clark’s intrepid Newfoundland, Seaman. These are available at the information desk on the first floor of the Capitol. Can’t make it to Helena? This virtual tour of the Capitol allows you to visit from the comfort of home.
To learn even more about the Capitol, you can read Montana's State Capitol: The People's House, written by Montana Historical Society staff members and art historian Dr. Patricia M. Burnham. Lavishly illustrated with both historic and modern photographs, this book provides in-depth information on the history, architecture, art, and sculpture of the Capitol building. It is available at the Montana Historical Society Store  and other online stores, or at your local library through interlibrary loan. 

A photograph of a Capitol tour in the Rotunda.


Summer Guided Tour Hours

May 15 through September 15
Monday through Saturday: Tours begin on the hour at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
No tours are offered on Sundays or State Holidays (Photo Credit: MHS BD 2016-30-013)

Winter Guided Tour Hours

September 16 through May 14 (except when the legislature is in session)
Saturdays only: Tours begin on the hour at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

During Legislative Sessions 

Monday through Saturday: Tours begin on the hour at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. 
No guided tours are offered on Sundays, or State Holidays 

Self-guided Tour Hours

The Capitol building is open year-round for self-guided tours, Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays 9:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m. Self-guiding tour booklets are available at the information desk located on the first floor. 

Group Tours

A guided tour of the Capitol, in the Grand Stairway's third floor landing.To book a group tour, please call (406) 444-4794
or email 

To facilitate the process please provide the following information: 
1.    Preferred tour date
2.    Preferred tour time
3.    Size and grade level/age of group
4.    Special needs or considerations

Once we have scheduled your tour, we will mail you a reservation confirmation form, and if applicable, an invoice for your admission fee.  Please contact us at least two weeks in advance. For tours planned during legislative sessions or the month of May, it is advisable to make arrangements a month in advance as these time slots fill early.

Fee: School tours are free; adult group tours cost $50 per group (maximum twenty-five people). Payment can either be made in advance or at the time of your visit through the Montana Historical Society. (Photo Credit: MHS BD 2016-30-024)