Montana State Capitol
Montana State Capitol
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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  • bassaidai88
    Hagerstown, Maryland557 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice architectural building with lots of history
    What one should do is first take the train tour of Helena and listen to the tour guide explain the history of Helena. Then at the end of the tour, walk over to the Capitol building and soak in the history. You'll be so much more knowledgeable about the statue that sits upon the dome and the larger than life character riding the horse statue in the front.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Pia S
    195 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    We went here today on a Sunday and it was open. It’s a beautiful building, very beautiful both inside and outside. We came right after it opened and it was really nice as it was very quiet. You are aloud to take a tour on your own they provide you with a map for the different areas in the building. There’s a lot to see.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • travelguyPa
    294 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shouldn't be missed
    The Capitol has great artwork and nice architecture. It seems to have been recently renovated, so it has a fresh feel while still maintaining the late 1890's vibe. Since the legislature is only in session for 90 days every other year, lobby security is lax and let's visitors treat the building as an attraction, not a workplace. Admission is free.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Jim B
    Grapeview, Washington1,829 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Capitol Building
    We visited in the fall after the guided tours had been shut down for the season but enjoyed the self guided tour with the brochure. It is a beautiful building from the early 1900's and very well cared for. There are impressive murals painted throughout the building with Montana history. Some are in the locked Senate and House Chambers but there are plenty of windows to access at least some views of them.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Visit
    The art work and stained glass in the capitol are very impressive. We toured on our own and then one of the volunteers who work there also showed us around. He was very informative and helpful. The Capitol is beautiful and should be on every visitor’s list. Note that the nearby Montana Historical Society Museum is closed until til 2025.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 June 2024
  • Cary L
    Ennis, Ireland244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A building filled with great history.
    Incredible history, beautiful architecture. That is what comes to mind when you see the state capitol building in Helena for the first time. Built in 1899 and completed in 1902 the building is a living, breathing time piece that is filled with great history and great character. We went to see the capitol building because of the statue of Thomas Meagher that is out front of the building. A short History.....Thomas Meagher was an Irish activist who was sent to Tazmania for resisting the British in the mid 1800's. He managed to escape to America and became a well known figher during the civil war and oversaw the the "rowdy" and sometimes "uncontrollable" Irish brigades who would lead the charges into some of the bloodiest battles of the civil way. After the war and at the behest of Andrew Johnson he moved out west and eventually became the first territorial Governor of the Montana Territory. There was a lot of corruption going on in the territory and he did his best to root it out only to be assassinated. He was one of the great Irish heros and an American hero. This is a trip worth taking. We got to join a private tour to see the old Supreme Court Room and the Senate and walk around the building. It was, at least for me, a magnificent day out. I highly recommend it folks.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 June 2024
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Q8509SUjohns
Erie, PA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This is a gorgeous building, and it is open to the public without the need for a reservation. A very nice state trooper got us into the House chamber so that we could see the 25 foot wide Charlie Russell mural. This was a real highlight of our trip to Helena.
Written 14 June 2021
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jimichongaJC
Stevensville, MT653 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
On a pristine Friday morning I had this magnificent structure almost entirely to myself and spent a delightful hour touring the elegant and immaculate hallways, open spaces, staircases and chambers. There are plenty of informational plaques, art pieces, decorative windows and architectural elements to survey as you wander. The grounds are a most understated and simple construct to compliment the wonderful capitol building itself. Absolutely stunning structure, so appropriate for the beauty of the Treasure State.
Written 24 July 2021
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radx4
Ellicott City, MD2,197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The Montana state capital is an impressive and beautiful building with pretty grounds on the outside and impressive artwork on the inside. Compared to other state capitals, the Montana state capital is very grand and ornate.

There are no guided tours available, but you can just kind of walk around the building and check out different artwork and exhibits. Overall, there weren't as many exhibits available as I would have hoped, but we still had fun walking around and checking out the artwork and various plaques.

Overall, if you enjoy pretty architecture and are interested in local government, definitely check out the Montana State Capitol.
Written 18 July 2021
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LiketoeatCincinnati
Cincinnati, OH2,463 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
This is one of the easiest state capitols to visit. Parking is free and ample. There was no security check upon entry. You can wander around and check out the stained glass, statues and murals. It is quite representative of Montana.
Written 18 September 2020
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Loneostrich
Miami Beach, FL165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This is a beautiful building. And I greatly appreciated that it was open on the weekends--many state capitols are not, which I think is a shame. There was a self-guided tour brochure than explained the art and architecture, and you were able to see quite a good bit of the building. The rotunda is especially attractive. And it was all free, as state capitols usually are.
Written 11 September 2021
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travelguyPa
Pa294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The Capitol has great artwork and nice architecture. It seems to have been recently renovated, so it has a fresh feel while still maintaining the late 1890's vibe. Since the legislature is only in session for 90 days every other year, lobby security is lax and let's visitors treat the building as an attraction, not a workplace. Admission is free.
Written 20 August 2023
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Cary L
Ennis, Ireland244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Incredible history, beautiful architecture. That is what comes to mind when you see the state capitol building in Helena for the first time. Built in 1899 and completed in 1902 the building is a living, breathing time piece that is filled with great history and great character. We went to see the capitol building because of the statue of Thomas Meagher that is out front of the building. A short History.....Thomas Meagher was an Irish activist who was sent to Tazmania for resisting the British in the mid 1800's. He managed to escape to America and became a well known figher during the civil war and oversaw the the "rowdy" and sometimes "uncontrollable" Irish brigades who would lead the charges into some of the bloodiest battles of the civil way. After the war and at the behest of Andrew Johnson he moved out west and eventually became the first territorial Governor of the Montana Territory. There was a lot of corruption going on in the territory and he did his best to root it out only to be assassinated. He was one of the great Irish heros and an American hero. This is a trip worth taking. We got to join a private tour to see the old Supreme Court Room and the Senate and walk around the building. It was, at least for me, a magnificent day out.

I highly recommend it folks.
Written 20 June 2024
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alpw
Placitas, NM2,175 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
My husband and I were on a road trip and we had to stop at the Montana state capitol to check it off our list. The capitol building is nice. Standard as far as state capitol buildings are concerned. The capitol museum about the creation of the state and the early years was very interesting.
Written 24 July 2021
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BigMerk
Glasgow, UK2,559 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We visited the State Capitol building on a Tuesday, not long after it had opened to the public, so it was nice and quiet. There is a good amount of free public parking right outside and a great statue in front of the building. The building is quite large and impressive although the dome looks like it’s showing signs of ageing I (assume its copper because it’s turning a bit green).

Inside it was great to see into (but not enter) the Senate and the House. You can get some good photos from the glass at the door. And it’s all free. Well worth a visit.
Written 3 October 2022
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GreenUnicorn
New Jersey3,325 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
As state capitols go, this one is just ok. We always enjoy learning about the history of any state, but other than some stained glass, this capitol building's attributes were somewhat lacking. The court building in Butte had better marble, as did the Idaho capitol building in Boise. Nice that we were able to do a self-guided tour.
Written 26 December 2021
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