State Capitol

500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501- Map It
Phone: (605) 773-3688

AAA Editor Notes

State Capitol is at 500 E. Capitol Ave.; visitors must use the north entrance. Completed in 1910, the Capitol features a rotunda with murals, a marble stairway and historical information. Christmas trees adorn the hallways from Thanksgiving through December 26. Nearby Capitol Lake is visited each fall by thousands of migrating waterfowl. Statues memorializing South Dakota's Korean and Vietnam war soldiers and the World War II Memorial are on the northwest shore of Capitol Lake. Several other memorials and a visitor center are near the lake as well. The Trail of Governors can be seen around the Capitol campus and throughout downtown. The ongoing project, begun in 2011, features more than a dozen statues of former governors and will include a total of 30 statues when the project is completed. A booklet detailing a self-guiding tour of the Capitol building is available. Guided 1-hour tours are offered by appointment.
Hours: Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Wed. before Thanksgiving through end of the legislative session (usually late Feb. or early Mar.); Mon.-Fri. 8-7, Sat.-Sun. 8-5, rest of year. Allow 30 minutes minimum.