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Oregon State Capitol

900 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
503-986-1388
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Ranked #8 of 27 attractions in Salem
Type: Government Buildings
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Architecture and history enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to this white, Greek-style building whose rotunda is topped with a gold leaf statue... more » Owner description: Architecture and history enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to this white, Greek-style building whose rotunda is topped with a gold leaf statue representing Oregon's first settlers. Inside are murals depicting state history, and outside are sculptures, gardens and grounds for strolling or picnicking. « less
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Albany, Oregon, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The grounds of the Oregon Capitol Building in Salem were absolutely gorgeous on our visit in mid March! The cherry trees were loaded with blossoms. When the breeze would blow through, it was like walking in pink snow. We had a very enjoyable walk around the grounds. I don't know if the capitol was open on a Sunday; we didn't... More

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Salem, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

A must for any traveler visiting Salem OR. The tour was great, experienced the rooftop for a great view of the Salem and the Willamette Valley.

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Salem, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is the building the citizens of Oregon built as their Capitol more than 75 years ago. It is filled with momentos of state history, from Lewis & Clark to the present day. The rotunda hosts glorious choral music; the climb to the top of the dome is one of the few such experiences still available in any state capitol.... More

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West Linn, Oregon
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81 reviews 81 reviews
46 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We visited the Capitol during the holiday season. It was lovely... all decorated for the holidays. There are live performances by a variety of community groups, particularly high school choirs. We plan to visit again in the springtime when the grounds are in bloom and during the legislative session.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I was there, Salem city hall, Capitol building I love about the statue This capital of Oregon is very interesting. If you get a chance to sit in on some legislative action you should, if the dome is open to climb up to the bottom of the golden pioneer you should go the view is great.

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Salem, Oregon
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266 reviews 266 reviews
86 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The highlight of a trip to the capitol is to walk up the staircase to the pioneer with a docent. It provides a great view of Salem and, on a clear day, the mountains to the east. However, as seems typical of we Oregonians, we don't like to spend money on creating great architecture that can stand the test of... More

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Salem, Oregon
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114 reviews 114 reviews
9 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

This capital of Oregon is very interesting. If you get a chance to sit in on some legislative action you should, if the dome is open to climb up to the bottom of the golden pioneer you should go the view is great.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My family's visit was during the Labor Day weekend, so we took advantage of doing family photo shoot with the state capitol as the background in various viewpoints as well as the garden. Upon our visit, the groundskeeper was mowing the garden so the scent of fresh-cut-grass filled our nostrils (those who were sensitive to the smell at least). It... More

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Port Orange
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Did not get to tour the capitol building itself, but I very much enjoyed touring the gardens. My husband played tour guide as his mother had retired from the state many years ago. He was even surprised with all the changes that were made since he was last there 30 years ago. Very beautiful stonework depicting the frontier families.

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Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I have visited 18 state capitol buildings and would rate Oregon as the least impressive of them except for New Mexico. The Oregon State Capitol building was constructed in 1938 and does not have any unique history, and the building architechurally is sort of ordinary. Unlike most of the other state capitol buildings, it does not sit on a hill... More

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