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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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Relatively new and beautiful capitol

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Seattle
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90 reviews 90 reviews
18 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

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 attraction reviews
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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
9 helpful votes 9 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

Every Oregonian should visit the Capitol. Painted art featured througout the building displays the state's history. Free tours guide visitors through both chambers. Marble stairs inside and out serve as great places to take photos. Above all, the energy in the building cannot be felt elsewhere. There is a vibrancy for all alike--adult and child, Democrat or Republican. Visitors from... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

overall was good really disappointed in the gift shop nothing made in Oregon there might be tricky finding a parking spot very busy around there nice looking building not much history

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Salem, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

There is not much too see compared to other State Capitols in the US. Rather bland. No museum and very few artifacts from the States earlier years. Better to take the time and visit Mission Mill.

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Decatur, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Interesting and beautiful. Beautiful murals on the walls. Had a neat souvenir shop. Could have a tour or go self-guided.

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