The South Dakota State Capitol

Capitol Tour Office



On June 25, 1908 when the corner stone for the South Dakota State Capitol was laid, Governor Coe Crawford said in his address: "The new capitol will do more than comfortably accommodate the officers who are to labor within its walls for the people whom they will serve. It will stand throughout the coming years as an expression of beauty and art, and as the people come and go and linger within its walls, they will see in it an expression of the soul of the state."


June 30, 2010 marked the 100th anniversary of the formal dedication of the South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre. Three special events were held to recognize this important milestone in our state's history. Two of the three were public celebrations: a reception in the Capitol Rotunda on March 1 and a day-long Capitol Centennial Celebration at the Capitol complex on June 19. Thank you to everyone who made these memorable activities possible and to the many visitors who attended to celebrate 100 years of our state Capitol.


The final Capitol Centennial event was held June 30, 2010, the structure's actual 100th anniversary, at which time Gov. Mike Rounds sealed a time capsule commemorating the building's centennial. The 2010 time capsule was placed in a locked glass display case immediately adjacent to the front doors of the Capitol where it can be viewed by the public.


Find out more about the South Dakota State Capitol and the special events held to commemorate its centennial on this website. Or stop and visit the Capitol during your next visit to Pierre. The State Capitol is open to the public Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekends and holidays.


Visit the State Capitol


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Using the State Capitol and Grounds for Special Events


In addition to hosting a variety of special State events, the Capitol and surrouding grounds are also available for private events. Some restrictions apply. For complete guidelines and procedures, visit the link below:



The People's House Exhibit


This incredible exhibit chronicle the first 100 years of the State Capitol was displayed at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center through December 12, 2011. For a preview of the exhibit, click below.



The Fight for the South Dakota State Capitol


While Pierre ultimately won the right to serve as South Dakota's capitol city, the competition for that honor was fierce with cities like Huron, Mitchell, Sioux Falls, and Watertown battling for the recognition. Get an inside look at the fight and the ultimate victory with this informative exhibit from the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center.



Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea


Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea: This entertaining and educational television special from South Dakota Public Broadcasting highlights the history of the State Capitol from the formation of the Dakota Territory through each phase of the construction and restoration of the building itself as well as details some of the historic events that have taken place within its walls. A must-see for history and architecture buffs along with all South Dakotans interested in the story of "Our Statehouse".


South Dakota Public Broadcasting offers a teacher's guide, videos, scavenger hunts, photos, lesson plans, and much more for the South Dakota State Capitol. Our thanks to SDPB for sharing this information with the State Capitol Tour Office!