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Oregon State Capitol

Address: 900 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
Phone Number: 503-986-1388
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Ranked #4 of 26 Attractions in Salem
Type: Government Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Architecture and history enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to this white, Greek-style building whose...
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Type: Government Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

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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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
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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
10 helpful votes 10 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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Regina, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Interesting architecture makes the stop off in Salem worth the hour or two of your time. However, the surrounding government buildings and park are nothing to see. FYI Willamette University is across the street so look at it too. Salem is a cute town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Living in Salem, for 17 years, gave me hundreds, even thousands of times to see the 'Golden Man' on top of the capital building. There's a tour to the top of the capital-it's free. You can get a good meal in the lower level. You can go to the Governor's office and say hi to his staff, and sometimes our... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Oregon State Capitol building is a splendid and beautiful place to visit. The Guest Host is friendly and helpful and there are tours to be taken at various times of the day. The grounds surrounding the Capitol Building are beautifully kept and history markers are everywhere. There are fountains to look at and some for children to play in.... More 

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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Fall time around the capital is really pretty with all the trees leaves changing colors. The area is safe to stroll in and some of the historic buildings can be toured.

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Bothell, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Took the tour up to the top and the capital tour. The guides were knowledgeable. Cute little gift store downstairs.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I've been to quite a few state capitals and this one was certainly unique; I enjoyed the grounds and the architecture. I think this is worth a stop if you enjoy history or a beautiful unique building.

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