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Oregon State Capitol

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Address: 900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301-4042
Phone Number: 503-986-1388
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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It was a Sunday so it was kind of deserted however the place was picturisque. Definitely a must see when visiting Salem!

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was a Sunday so it was kind of deserted however the place was picturisque. Definitely a must see when visiting Salem!

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Norman, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I made a stop to the Oregon capital and found to one of the smallest if not the smallest capital in the country. It looks like a mausoleum from the outside. It was closed on the day I came to tour, but the grounds were open to explore. It was a hot day and the capital had splash pads for... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The state capitol of Oregon architecture is not the traditionally Roman style because it got burnt down twice, once in 1855 and the second in 1935. They rebuilt the capitol during the Great Depression and they picked the latest Art Deco design for their 3rd capitol building and rebuilt it during 1936-1938 shortly before the WWII. The other 4 Art... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for a park to walk our dog, since the Best Western only offered a 20x20 grassy spot. The receptionist recommended the State Capitol - and it did not disappoint! The Capitol doesn't look anything like one expects from a traditional such building - having been rebuilt after a 1930s fire destroyed the old one, it is almost... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oregon Capital looks sort of like Devils Tower in Wyoming. :-) Generally the official office of the governor is not in use. Therefore during regular business hours you can sit in the governor's chair and have photos taken. There are some historical displays to look at and a small souvenir shop. It is a good 30 minute place to see... More 

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Laguna Woods, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In terms of Capitol buildings, this one is very nice. It's lovely inside with a warmer, more inviting feeling than some we've visited. We might have liked a few more pictures of some of the previous Governors, etc, but it was interesting to learn that the first two State Capitol buildings actually burned down, and it was interesting to read... More 

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Draper, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are seniors, roadtripping through Oregon and Washington and we just drove by, travelling through Salem on our way to Portland. We stopped for five minutes to see if the golden statue on top was the Mormon Angel Moroni or the iconic Portlandia. We concluded it was the Oregon God of Jogging, Steve Prefontaine

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mechanicsville, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We happened to arrive just in time for the tower tour, which goes up lots of stairs (spiral) and puts you out on the top level with the "gold man". Super views of the area. Then we took the guided tour of the inside - I learned more about Oregon history in the first 20 minutes than I learned the... More 

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Bremerton, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived half an hour before the tour began and had time to wander around the downstairs. A very good art exhibit was there as well as historic exhibits and murals. The gift shop was a super place. The tour lasted a half hour. Just long enough to get a good history but not so long that we tired of... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took both free tours back to back. First was the 121-step climb to see the Golden Pioneer atop the Capitol. Worth the effort and the view is great, as is the information. The Capitol tour was also good, but a bit elementary as the guide adjusted for children in the group. Informative just the same.

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