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Oregon State Capitol

900 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
503-986-1388
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Ranked #6 of 31 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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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Beautiful grounds, Fascinating, informative displays inside. I don't feel like a felon entering the building, just good security. Even purchased a few things from the gift shop

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We took the half hour tour of the capitol building, but did not climb up to the top of the tower. It was interesting to see the capitol. It is not the most elegant capitol building, but you have to realize it was built during the Depression by WPA workers, so they were working on a tight budget. But then... More

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Seguin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Closed on the weekend... At least I could not get in.. Fountains were nice. But 15 kids were playing in them.. Good flowers for photos... Not sure why I could not see flags in the front of the building... I was told they are on the ends of the building.. Pretty small building.. Oh well... That was number 22 of... More

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Victoria, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

We hadn't planned on seeing the State Capital, however after finding ourselves downtown, we decided to drive by. It is totally worth seeing, everything about the building and property is beautiful.

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I can safely say that Oregon's Capitol doesn't resemble any of the other state capitols, particularly with its dome. Tours were readily available and divided into dome tours and tours of the building itself. They're eager to take you - we were even approached for a dome tour while we were in a legislative room. The staff here is friendly... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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105 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised to find the state capital wide open to the public. Walk to the Senates chambers and see it up close, walk around to the Representatives chamber and find the same thing. The Governor's ceremonial office is open as well. Outside find a park like setting with all of the state flags I order of their admittance... More

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Seattle
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19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Located in a beautiful Park setting, Oregon's capitol is full of history plus the building is marvelous architecture. With art and information about Oregon it is worth a few minutes to learn more about this fantastic state.

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Visiting this State Capitol is a refreshing experience as you are not met by security guards hushering you through metal detectors like many other government buildings in other states. You get to walk around at your leisure looking at the paintings in the front hall and step into both chambers. While the exterior of the building does not look like... More

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Vermilion, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We parked in front of the capitol to check it out. It is a very nice looking building and grounds. There are fountains, shrubbery, flowers, flags, and statues in front. It takes up a few blocks. It is quite easy to find in Salem.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The Capitol architecture is understated, with grand historic murals and sculpture. Peek into the House of Rep. & Senate rooms, visit the Governor's public office, and view art exhibits often displayed in the lobby. Stroll through beautiful parkland surrounding the capitol.

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