• North Dakota State Capitol - Bismarck, North Dakota

      Photo by Peter Thody
      Known as the Skyscraper on the Prairie, this 19-story, art deco building was constructed in 1933 for $2 million and remains North Dakota's tallest building. The free guided tour is highly recommended, taking in the House and Senate chambers, the impressive grand hallway, and the "Monkey Room" (so called because of the patterns in the California Walnut panelling. Be sure to take the elevator up to the 19th floor observation desk for its 30 mile plus views over the North Dakota landscape.

      If you go:
      Tours are available all year round, Monday to Friday, at 9am, 10am and 11am, then 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Weekend tours are available in summer; no self-guided tours allowed at weekends. The Capitol Complex grounds offer attractive walks and a collection of statues.


      600 East Boulevard Avenue
      Bismarck, North Dakota 58505 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      +1 (701) 328-2480

      Comments 2 Comments
      1. Mark Sedenquist's Avatar
        Mark Sedenquist -
        I can attest that this is the strangest looking capital I've ever seen.
      1. Midwest Michael's Avatar
        Midwest Michael -
        The North Dakota State Historical Society also has a museum on the Capitol grounds that is quite nice - and is free!