Montana Capitol

Helena MT

As Helena is Montana’s State Capital, central to the city is the State Capitol Building. It is quite striking with its white granite and sandstone exterior, and copper covered dome with Lady Liberty statue standing on top.  

This beautiful building was built to be Montana’s capitol in 1902. Since then the halls have housed the House and Senate, the state supreme court, and the governor’s office.  It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Capitol is open to the public for self-guided tours.  Beautiful Montana art fills the hallways.  Walk into the large rotunda in the center of the building and look straight up to see the interior of the dome.  There are 4 round paintings which depict the typical Montanan of the early 1900’s.  The paintings include a native American, a cowboy, a gold miner, and an explorer and fur trapper.  Perhaps the most famous painting is “Lewis and Clark meeting the Flathead Indians at Ross’ Hole” by CM Russell.  It is located in the front of the House of Representatives chamber.

There is a grand staircase and balconies looking out over the central rotunda.  On the staircase landings are statues of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the US House of Representatives, and former Senator Mike Mansfield & his wife Maureen.  Each level has beautiful architecture to be appreciated, including the tile floors, granite steps, and wooden doors and trim.  The second floor has a beautiful view from the front of the Capitol of Helena.

This building, just over 100 years old still holds its beauty and charm.  It is well worth your time to visit here when in Helena, Montana’s state capital.

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