on January 5, 2007
Montana's State Capitol is not to be missed. This otherwise sleepy town is home to the center of government for the state, housed in this beautiful building. The building is only open Mondays to Fridays, and free tours of the complex are available. Inquire at the visitor desk after entering the building. You may be asked to go through security, and your belongings may be inspected - this is common in government buildings.First, head to the rotunda and step foot under the massive dome. Look up, and you will see some very intricate design on the dome. If you are with a tour, you will get the chance to visit the legislature and the senate rooms, and sometimes even sit in the Governor's chair (if he or she is not in office at the time!).The tour guides are very knowledgeable and will answer any questions about the building or about their state. One of the Capitol's main attractions is its beautiful centerpiece painting, called "Lewis and Clark Meeting Indians at Ross' Hole". This painting is very large, at a whopping 25 feet long and 12 feet high. Anyone interested in art will find this very interesting!The Capitol may bore young children and those not interested in politics, architecture, or history. Those people can relax outside while us history buffs visit inside. I wouldn't take crying babies in, as they most likely will annoy the politicians who are working within.Enjoy your visit!
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