Phillips Releases Virtual Tour of Our Nation's Capitol, With a Minnesota Twist

March 10, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) released a new, virtual tour of the U.S. Capitol and surrounding landmarks. The Capitol complex has been closed for in-person tours since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and interest in the history and symbolism of the Capitol Building has piqued since the January 6th insurrection.  

 

“Showing my fellow Minnesotans around the Capitol is one of my favorite things to do,” said Phillips. “Even though we can’t travel or be together right now, it’s as important as ever to appreciate the artwork, architecture, and American history in these hallowed halls. As our nation reels from the devastating events of January 6th, I invite all of my constituents to join me on a tour through this monument to our democracy and all that our country stands for.”

Phillips, a self-described history buff, hosts the virtual tour and highlights Minnesota’s ties to America’s “temple of democracy” for thousands of Minnesotans who have had to cancel their travel plans. Viewers will follow Rep. Phillips to statues commemorating Minnesota heroes Maria Sanford and Henry Mower Rice. Phillips also tours the Senate Fountain, constructed of Minnesota granite, and a memorial honoring Vietnam Veterans from our state. Other highlights of the tour include visits to the Congressman’s office, National Statuary Hall, and the breathtaking Capitol Rotunda – the very place desecrated by a violent mob two short months ago.

The virtual tour will be available at Phillips.House.gov/visitDC

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