Oregon State Capitol

Oregon State Capitol, Salem: Hours, Address, Oregon State Capitol Reviews: 4.5/5

Oregon State Capitol
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Dan A
Alpharetta, GA854 contributions
Go!
Mar. 2020 • Couples
Road trip! Capitol # 43! Our guide, Suzanne, made this capitol even better! Tours are on the half hour. We almost joined a school group but decided to wait when we were told the there were no school groups on the next tour. Great move as we were the only people on our tour. Beautiful building with easy street parking close to the entrance.
Written March 2, 2020
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JB C
89 contributions
Salem’s most magestic monument
Feb. 2020 • Business
Oregon has many wonders and rich history. The Oregon Capital is no different and the walls are filled with knowledge for those who thirst for history.
Written February 12, 2020
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Lori L
Salem, OR25 contributions
Walk the Capitol Grounds in Spring
Mar. 2019
One of the most beautiful sites is when the cherry blossoms bloom. There are plenty of walkways and wheel-chair accessible. Benches line the walkways for a nice rest or photo opportunity.
Written February 12, 2020
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dmittleman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL1,344 contributions
Fascinating "Dome"
Jan. 2020
The Oregon State Capitol is a bit different from other capitols. The dome is more of a cylinder. It is quite striking in appearance. The murals on the interior are outstanding. Worth a stop.
Written January 26, 2020
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Jeff S
Plymouth, MN810 contributions
Beautiful grounds, stately buolding
Jan. 2020 • Friends
Always impressed by the Oregon State Capital building with its gold man standing watch over the Art Deco marble building built in the mid 1930s after the previous capital was destroyed by fire.
Written January 26, 2020
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Darryl L
Marana, AZ443 contributions
Interesting capital building to tour for free.
Nov. 2019
This free capital building has both exhibits and artwork to enjoy. One can look into the chambers of government as well.
Written December 8, 2019
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Heather A.
13 contributions
Our Government at Work
Apr. 2019
A fascinating tour that gives an idea of local government in action. Beautiful and filled with history.
Written November 18, 2019
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Mischelle L
Salem, OR169 contributions
A beautiful Rotunda and very Welcoming Capitol. That's Oregon for you.
Oct. 2019
From the moment you see the Capitol building from a far it is a beautiful sight. The rotunda reaches to the sky with the Gold Oregon Pioneer on top. Before entering the Capitol at the top of the stairs outside there are huge carved marble pieces. They are showing Oregon Pioneers and wagong train plus more. There are also territory maps on the back. The surrounding grounds outside are very nice with Wilson park that has a fountain and some sculpted pieces as well as veteran's memorial.A great place to get a picture of the Capitol Building. A variety of roses and beatul huge evergreens are growing as well. Upon entering the Capitol doors you immediately come to the Oregon Seal. It in it's self tell's a lot of history and is worth listening to the person who gives the tours talk about it. There are free tours which run 3 or 4 times a day and are very imformative. There is an information booth as well so you are able to get materials and do a self guided tour. You can also just stroll through and see lots of Artifacts, Art, and where the Senate and House of Representatives meet. Some great portrait pictures too. If you get a rainy day in Salem which hapens often this is a great place to go and enjoy some Oregon history. There really is something for everyone of all ages.
Written October 30, 2019
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Don'tWaitForRetirement
California4,106 contributions
Quick brochure self-guided tour.
Aug. 2019
We did a quick self-guided tour with a brochure that the friendly lady on the main desk gave us. There are lots of display cases about the history. Go in the Senate and House of Rep rooms. See the dome and the murals. Take photos. Small souvenir gift-shop available. It's free to go in.

Outside, you can view the Art Deco dome, which is very different from other capitol building domes I've seen. On top is the magnificent golden 'Oregon Pioneer'. There's a nice long 'mall' or park in front of the building with a fountain and roses which makes for a nice stroll.

We parked on the street for free several blocks away and walked.

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Written October 16, 2019
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Les J
Murrieta, CA550 contributions
Great job Jim & . . .
Aug. 2019
We’ve visited many capitols over the years. This was pretty much what we’ve usually enjoyed. A brief tour & history of the building & the state. Jim our guide did a great job of balancing his tour with a handful of adults and a pretty large group of elementary age kids that I understood to be part of a ‘Boys & Girls’ club. I must commend the leaders of those kids. They were well behaved, far better than most kids with their own parents have been on other tours.
Written October 15, 2019
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