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Address: 900 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
Phone Number: 503-986-1388
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Architecture and history enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to this white...
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.
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A Springtime Wonder

To the South, Willamette University with many attractions of its own (Art Museum, Theatre, cultural events, trees and flowers, "Oldest Univ. in the West", outstanding food... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Oregon
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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

To the South, Willamette University with many attractions of its own (Art Museum, Theatre, cultural events, trees and flowers, "Oldest Univ. in the West", outstanding food options, etc.), to the North, two rows of glorious Cherry trees lining two blocks of park space! Come when they are in blossom! Check the website to find dates for the 2016 Cherry Blossom... More 

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usa
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265 reviews 265 reviews
74 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It is spectacular. White marble inside and out. Take the tour. About an hour. Small gift shop. A great history lesson for young and old. It helps if you know someone who lives in Salem, too add to the tour. Would do it again.

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Portland, Oregon
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

It is an interesting capitol to visit. We have visited many. The inside is quite nice with significant Oregon influence. We watched both houses in session, and they really do meet (unlike what seems to happen in the nation's capitol). If one is traveling I-5, this is a good, short stopover relatively close to the highway.

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Portland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
41 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The Oregon State Capitol is a piece of Oregon history. Take a walk to the top of the "gold man." Check out the Senate and House floor coverings and just enjoy the capitol. Don't forget to walk the outside grounds which no includes a WWII Memorial on the Northwest Corner of the grounds.

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Seattle
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90 reviews 90 reviews
18 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I intended to take a scheduled tour but at the appointed time about 60 schoolchildren lined up along with half a dozen adults taking their photos. I got the free guidebook and had the chance to chat briefly with several staff members who were more than willing to answer questions and point out interesting features. Among other things, I learned... More 

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

If you go to the capitol when the governor isn't there, you can sit in her chair. The guided tour of the building isn't really worth it, since you can just tour on your own instead. If you take the guided tour during the summer, you can go up on top of the rotunda. That's fun for about 30 seconds.... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We drove around Salem on a weekend road trip from Seattle to Portland and then points south. The Oregon state capitol grounds in Salem are very modern-looking with a capitol building not modeled after the US Capitol in Washington, DC. It was a Saturday afternoon that was not exactly the time for touring the legislative building. Worth the visit...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

My friend recently completed her degree in law; I met her for a quick coffee break at the capitol building. What a strange building! It reminded me of the Devil's Tower from Close Encounters of the Third Kind with Richard Dreyfuss! Inside were amazing murals from the early 1900s, beautiful art deco architecture and shocking reliefs outside; and at this... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

What a fabulous view of the front of the capitol when the dozens of cherry trees bloom that line the walkways across the street!! It is so stunning, it takes your breath away. Locals visit each year to take photos. Walking among the trees in late March or early April is just enchanting.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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48 reviews 48 reviews
31 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It is a beautiful building and a nice gift shop. You are allowed to walk around at your own pace and much of the building is assessable to visitors. You can learn a lot about your government and how things work plus the history behind it all. Really had a nice time and it's free. I also think there are... More 

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