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Oregon State Capitol

900 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
503-986-1388
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Ranked #6 of 29 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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116 reviews 116 reviews
53 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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USA
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328 reviews 328 reviews
105 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Did a self-guiding tour. Got there just in time, 4 pm on Friday, to tour the building. It is closed Sat and Sun. Info booth very informative. Pay at the meter out front of capitol. Gift shop on site. Grounds outside are very nice. Garden of flags, Liberty Bell and statues.

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Vancouver, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

There are fountains for the kids in the hot summer. But there is a gorgeous green 'mall' right in front of the capital. Nice place for a picnic.

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ELK GROVE
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We recently went to Portland and thought it would be nice to see the state capitol building in Salem. The tour staff were very friendly and took us up to the top of the dome which had a great view of the city and the surrounding mountains. Another guide gave a half hour history tour on the capitol building itself... More

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Coquille, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Took my class of 4th graders to the Capital for a tour. They were very interested in the building and the chambers. Most fun for them of course, was climbing the spiral staircase all the way to the top, where the "Gold Pioneer" resides. It was a beautiful view from up there and the kids were able to get an... More

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tulsa, Oklahoma
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Drove to this capital after starting our day in Portland and heading to the Columbia River Gorge to hike. Arrived at about 3:00 on a Friday afternoon so the building was very quiet and a lot of people were gone for the weekend. I later found out it was graduation day in town so many people took off early. We... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

When not in session, visiting the capitol is convenient and worth the trip. Make sure you have a couple dollars worth of coins to put in the meters surrounding the building. Enter the back of the building. The meters are just steps away from the entrance. Go to the center and ask for the next available walking tour. There are... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I was in Salem recently and made time to check out the Oregon State Capital. This is certainly a wonderful work of architecture with an art deco theme. It has some great art work and sculptures with great detail on the doors and elevators. A good visit for sure! Don't miss this one!

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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

It is amazing to me that this is one of the few capital buildings in the United States that is very open to the public. I enjoy walking right in with no security or guards to check you and make you feel like less of a person. There is quite a bit of freedom and I admire that immensely. I... More

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Portland, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I visited the State Capital yesterday with a school group. Crazy, after living here for almost 2 decades, I had never been there before. What impressed me the most about this beautiful place, were all the wonderful nods to Oregon History. I wouldn't have expected anything less, but it was fabulous how they were done! The murals portray Oregon history... More

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