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Oregon State Capitol

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Address: 900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301-4042
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+1 503-986-1388
08:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00

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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The landscaping is flawless, the walk of flags is phenomenal, the water fountains are great for in summer. Amazing view from the top! Great place to have a picnic type lunch and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Salem, Oregon
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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The landscaping is flawless, the walk of flags is phenomenal, the water fountains are great for in summer. Amazing view from the top! Great place to have a picnic type lunch and the park.

Thank caylacheyenne
Klamath Falls, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice marble on the outside and gardens are well maintained, but March a little early, except for daffodils and lots of squirrels. However, the murals inside on the stairs leading to the two chambers are amazing work of early 20th century painting. Other interesting paintings on walls are part of a rotating collection, except the govenors (Kitzhaber is a very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's easy to do a self guided tour of the capital mall and grounds. The landscaping is beautiful and many plantings are identified with signs.

Thank Jane L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

The grounds are very nice to walk around - cross the street as well and look at the special blocks for each county. When the fountains are on - it's very refreshing. It's a treat to see so many flags - especially when there's a breeze. Inside the building is not as ornate as others I've seen but still nice.

Thank Virginia R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Do not let this opportunity pass by. Its free, educational and magical, visitors from all around the Unted States and Country, enjoyable and tranquil to mingle and enjoy all the surroundings.

Thank Monica M
Salem, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

I walked into the building with no plan, just random passing by and stopped. The grounds are beautiful in spring time with the cherry trees blooms, and saucer Magnolia trees (and the others I don't know) blooming, well kept grounds. There war memorial and circle of flags is fun and right there too, and a statue on the other side... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful and grand building for such a humble state. Salem is often referred to as the towne 40-miles south of Portland, but it IZ our state Capital and where the state Capitol IZ located. Get a tour with friends to the gold man for great history of the building and fantastic views. Step into a hearing room... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Being born in Salem and also working for the government, I have had the opportunity to enjoy the Capital and the Capital Mall area on a regular basis. The marble build is beautiful inside and still has cute character to it that boast of a time past. beautiful architecture and artwork, including a rock and mineral display of Oregon rocks... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This beautiful and historic art-deco building is well worth the time to visit, whether wandering on your own or taking the free guided tour. We climbed the narrow circular interior staircase to the very top, trying hard to ignore a family with small unparented kids who were attempting to take us out on the metal somewhat scary stairwell, and followed... More 

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Portland, Oregon, Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

The Oregon Capitol is a must see attractions. Specifically, walk the finely manicured grounds and have a picnic. If possible, attend the tour of the Capitol rotunda, not for the person who is scared of heights or may not be able to walk up quite a few flights of stairs. You need to pay particular attention to the painting on... More 

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