Courthouse & Union Depot Tours

Saint Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Courthouse Guided Tours

Take a tour of the Ramsey County Courthouse and Saint Paul City Hall.

We will tour the architecturally significant spaces and features within Saint Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Courthouse.

Public Tours (no reservations needed) are available most Mondays at 12:15 pm and last about 60-90 minutes.
All tours meet at the base of the Vision of Peace statue on the ground floor.
No appointments necessary.

Please note: All visitors entering the City Hall/Courthouse must pass through security screening.

Upcoming Public Tours:

  • Monday, July 8
  • Monday, July 15
  • Monday, July 22
  • Monday, July 29
  • Monday, August 5
  • Monday, August 12
  • Monday, August 19
  • Monday, August 26
  • Monday, September 9
  • Monday, September 16
  • Monday, September 23
  • Monday September 30
  • Monday, October 7
  • Monday, October 14
  • Monday, October 21
  • Monday, October 28
  • Monday, November 4
  • Monday, November 11
  • Monday, November 18
  • Monday, November 25
  • Monday, December 2
  • Monday, December 9
  • Monday, December 16
  • Monday, December 30

Please note: There will not be tours on Monday, September 2, or on Monday, December 23.

The Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse is a 21-story Art Deco skyscraper which opened to the public in 1932. The building serves as the main location for Minnesota’s Second Judicial Court and City Hall, and also contains the The Vision of Peace, the world’s largest carved onyx statue. The building has 23 kinds of woods from 18 countries and various marbles throughout.

Tours include the Vision of Peace Statue, Memorial Hall, Council Chambers, Mayor’s Office, Law Library, Historic Courtroom, period furniture, Art Deco architectural features, and more.

Please note that this is a working building; not all rooms are available to tour at all times.

Private Tours of the Ramsey County Courthouse/Saint Paul City Hall

Ramsey County Historical Society provides 60-90 minute private tours for school groups, seniors, and others.

Private Courthouse/City Hall Tour Costs

For-Profit Organizations & Companies, Private Groups
$50 per tour group
20 people maximum per group

Non-Profit 501(3)c Organizations
$25 per tour group
20 people maximum per group

School Field Trips
No charge
Please contact the RCHS office for information on school tours.

To schedule a private tour, please email or call 651-222-4786.
Please schedule at least 3 weeks advance notice. Thank you.

Tour the historic and recently renovated Union Depot in Lowertown, Saint Paul

Union Depot Guided Tours

Public Group Tours

Take a tour to learn about the history, recent renovation, sustainability initiatives, expanding transit options and much more. Few sites within the Twin Cities offer such a clear view of the past, present and future of our community.

  • Public tours are available every other Tuesday at 11:00 am.
  • Tours start promptly at their scheduled time
  • Tours depart under the East clock, by the train engine cart, located in the Head House.
  • Tours take approximately 60 minutes.
  • Public tours are free of charge.

Reservations Required. To reserve a place in an upcoming Union Depot tour, register online here.
Be sure to choose a session/date for your tour.
Or email or call 651-222-0701.
Space is limited. Tours are first-come, first served.

Upcoming 2019 Union Depot public tours:

  • Tuesday, July 9
  • Tuesday, July 23
  • Tuesday, August 6
  • Tuesday, August 20
  • Tuesday, September 3
  • Tuesday, September 17
  • Tuesday, October 1
  • Tuesday, October 15
  • Tuesday, October 29
  • Tuesday, November 5
  • Tuesday, November 19
  • Tuesday, December 3
  • Tuesday, December 17

Please note: No tour on December 24 or December 31, 2019

Please Note:

  • You will be on your feet for the entire 60 minute tour.
  • Tour is the equivalent of walking approximately 4 blocks.
  • Union Depot does not provide wheelchairs. Please bring your own, if needed.
  • Union Depot has multiple parking and transit options!

Private Group Tours

Private group tours must meet the following requirements:

  • The Private Group Tour rate is $90
  • We can accommodate groups of up to 25 people.
  • All payments must be made in advance of the scheduled tour
  • Private group tour requests must be made a minimum of 30 days in advance
  • Tours are scheduled based on availability
  • Group tours are not currently available evenings and weekends

To request information on scheduling a private group tour, please contact or leave a message at the RCHS office at 651-222-0701. An RCHS staff person will get back to you with details.