State Capitol

900 Court St. N.E.
Salem, OR 97310- Map It
(503) 986-1388

AAA Editor Notes

State Capitol is between Court and State sts. at 900 Court St. N.E. The modern Greek marble structure was dedicated in 1938 and expanded in 1977. In addition to the Governor's Suite and the House and Senate chambers, the Capitol is home to exhibits about history, rocks and minerals as well as art. The building's rotunda features four large Depression-era murals depicting significant events in the state's history. The bronze state seal in the floor of the rotunda lies 106 feet below the dome. The building is topped with a 23-foot statue symbolic of the Oregon pioneers, and an elevated viewing platform offering views of the city sits at the base. The 30-minute Gold Pioneer tower tour includes a 121-step climb on a circular staircase around the inside of the rotunda.
Hours: Building open Mon.-Fri. 7:30-5. Guided 1-hour historical building tours depart Mon.-Fri. at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30 and 2:30, Jan.-Nov. Tower tours depart Mon.-Fri. at 10, 11, 1 and 2, mid-June through late Sept. (weather permitting). Self-guiding walking tours are available year-round.