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Manitoba Legislative Building, bordered by Broadway Ave., Kennedy and Osborne sts. and the Assiniboine River, reflects neoclassical design in native Tyndall limestone. The building houses the Legislative Assembly as well as the offices of government officials.

The interior can be explored via guided or self-guiding tours, which allow visitors to see the Grand Staircase, made of Italian marble and guarded at its base by two life-size bronze bison, the emblems of Manitoba; a rotunda surrounded by Corinthian columns; the Speakers' Gallery with portraits of Manitoba's former speakers; and the Legislative Reading Room with views of the Assiniboine River. When the Assembly is in session, visitors may watch the proceedings from a public gallery.

Atop the building's dome is the Golden Boy statue by Parisian sculptor Georges Gardet. The torch, in the right hand, points to economic development and progress in the north; the sheaf of wheat in the left arm represents agriculture. This 5.25-metre-tall (17.2-ft.) statue weighs 1,650 kilograms (3,638 lbs.) and is sheathed in 24 karat gold leaf. The landscaped grounds include statues of such noteworthy figures as Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II and Louis Riel.

Guided tours are available.

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Free.
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Guided tours are conducted daily on the hour 9-4, July 1-Labour Day; by appointment rest of year. Self-guiding tours are available daily 8-8, year-round.
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