Landmark Center offers public and private tours that range from a broad presentation of the building’s history and its beautifully restored courtrooms and Cortile, to tours tailored to the specific needs of the groups or individuals taking the tours.
General Building tours take you throughout Landmark Center and offer you an insider look into the building. No reservations are necessary for our free public tours on Thursdays at 11 am and Sundays at 12 pm. Meet at the Information Desk just inside the 5th Street entrance. Please note there will be no general building tour on March 17, March 20 or March 26.
Nooks, Crooks and Crannies Tours
Landmark Center is more than just a pretty façade. On a "Crooks & Crannies" specialty tour, you will is to travel back in time to hear the stories - and meet the people - who lived Landmark's important, and infamous, history. You'll explore the building from deep sub-basement to the two iconic towers and experience areas of the building off-limits to the general public. Uncover the secrets inside Landmark Center! Please note that access to our towers requires climbing many steps. While much of the tour is accessible to those with mobility impairments, tower access is not accessible to those who require mobility aids.
Length: 1 hour 25 minutes
Minimum Attendance: 10
Maximum Attendance: 25
Availability: Tours are booked by appointment and a two week advance notice is required. Tour is subject to building availability. Friday & Saturday evenings cannot be accommodated.
Interactive History Tours - Uncle Sam Worked Here (Click on image to go to tour.)
Funded in part by the Otto Bremer Foundation and the Best Buy Children's Foundation.
An online tour is available for those who seek an interactive history tour of this amazing building in St. Paul. The interactive tour is led by two young guides who "saw it all." (Click the image above to get started!) A teacher activity guide is also available.
Education, School and Specialty Tours
These interactive experiences can be augmented by a school tour in the actual place where history happened!
These tours are conducted by our guides for groups of 10 or more. Many of our guides are retired educators or historians who can tailor the tour to the group's topic of interest. These topics may include architecture, history, antiquities, the judicial system and famous criminal trials and tie into curriculum standards for the schools (click here to see the curriculum handout). Please arrange at least two weeks in advance through the tour office.
Public Tours - No Reservation Required*
No reservations are necessary for our public tours on Thursdays at 11 am and Sundays at 12 pm. Meet at the Information Desk just inside the Fifth Street entrance. Tours focus on the building's history, architecture, restoration, preservation, and famous and infamous personages. (Reminder: No public tour on May 4, 2014, Pan Asian Festival.)
Scheduled Group Tours
General tours for groups of 10 or more typically begin at the Landmarket Gift Shop on 1st Floor and focus on the building's history, architecture, restoration, preservation, and famous and infamous personages. They include all public areas (as available). Groups may be seated in a courtroom or other space during part of the tour, depending on group size and interest. Please arrange two weeks in advance through the tour office. Call 651.292.3237 for more information.
Length: 45 minutes
**There is an additional charge of $25 per tour guide for all evening tours scheduled after 5 pm.
Imagine that you're living in St. Paul's tumultuous era of prohibition and gangsters. Our Gangster Tours are enhanced by costumed guides who adopt the personae of the infamous gangsters who resided in St. Paul during the 1930s and whose path took them (perhaps unwillingly) into the Federal Court House (now Landmark Center). Guides tell of their “lives as gangsters” and how the criminal justice system functioned during that era. Told with humor, accuracy and liveliness, these tours educate about the life and times of people like “Ma” Barker, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, John Dillinger and his moll Evelyn Freschette, and more. Many of them were held in our third floor Detention Room, were tried in Courtroom 317, or faced down J. Edgar Hoover's G-men on the front steps. Please note: This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 12.
$6/person (minimum $75)
Two-week advance reservation required through our tour office.
There is a fee for no-shows and late cancellation.
There is an additional charge of $25 per tour guide for all evening tours.
*Public Tours will not take place on holidays, during A Scottish Ramble, the IMDA's Irish Day of Dance, Philippine Day, Pan Asian Festival and the Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar. Dates for the listed events vary each year. Please click here to check the programs calendar for conflicting events.