Montana State Capitol Tours

Important notice: Capitol tours to be discontinued . As a result of legislation passed by the 2017 Legislature and signed by Governor Bullock, the Montana Historical Society is facing severe budget cuts. Unfortunately, this means that positions and services must be cut and, effective August 18, 2017, we will no longer be able to offer guided tours of the Montana state capitol. Visitors are still welcome to tour the building on their own using our self-guiding brochure which is available for free at the capitol. We are deeply distressed by this development and apologize for the inconveniences imposed.

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 August  17
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)

Guided tours will not be offered after August 17, 2017.