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Montana State Capitol

The People's House

Since 1902, the Montana State Capitol, located at 1301 East 6th Ave, Helena, has served as both a commanding symbol of the past and a bold promise for the future.

The building is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days. Guided tours are no longer available. 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 more about the Capitol, read Montana's State Capitol: The People's House, written by Montana Historical Society staff members, along with art historian Dr. Patricia M. Burnham. 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.