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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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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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Spring time cherry blossoms and gorgeous grounds

In the spring this is a must see, the cherry trees line the grounds and when in full bloom are spectacular. The Rhodies and Azaleas likewise along with the blooming daffodils make... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the spring this is a must see, the cherry trees line the grounds and when in full bloom are spectacular. The Rhodies and Azaleas likewise along with the blooming daffodils make for a lovely walk. The grounds surrounding the capitol are planted with many different trees and sculptures making it more of an arboretum. I'll admit the architecture is... More 

Thank 4snickers
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I work here, so I'm not sure why anyone would want to visit unless there is a reason to. Such as the cherry blossoms, or an event on the mall. But it's a capitol building. Lots of cold marble and Oregonian carvings of wagon trains, beavers, etc. Oooh... there's lots of memorials too. So it has that going for it...... More 

Thank Kelly C
Thousand Oaks, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

nice place to walk around and take pictures. The trees were stunning and was able to take some great photo's of my dog!

Thank Pam A
Fullerton, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The grounds surrounding the capitol and the University are incredibly beautiful, even during the dormant months of winter. I particularly appreciate the WWII Memorial. Simplistic, but beautiful! On the other hand, the Capitol building's exterior is far from attractive. I can't believe OR couldn't have designed a state house based on the beauty and tradition of the destroyed original capitol.... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take a guided tour to the top of the Oregon State Capitol in the summer. You get a great view of the Willamette Valley from the observation deck, up close and personal with the Oregon Pioneer and learn a few interesting tidbits from the tour guide. The tour is free and is given at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed 21 March 2017 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.

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Klamath Falls, Oregon
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

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 

Thank 2oldgeesers
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Reviewed 7 March 2017 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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Reviewed 16 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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Reviewed 14 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

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