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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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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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214 reviews 214 reviews
57 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a very interesting capitol, with wonderful murals depicting historic scenes such as Lewis and Clark. The Senate and House chambers are lovely, with incredible wood in each. If in Salem, stop by for the history!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Capitols are always great places to visit not only the Building itself but the City too and Salem did not disappoint us. It is made of white marble and very different than so many of the dome capitols that most capitols are. The grounds a very nice as well. It is worth a stop and don't forget to get your... More

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Salem, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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83 reviews 83 reviews
28 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
51 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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239 reviews 239 reviews
106 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
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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288 reviews 288 reviews
149 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
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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