Welcome to the Visitor Experience at the Capitol


Oregon State Capitol building
The Capitol was dedicated and opened to the public on October 1, 1938.

Oregon’s Capitol is a National Historic Landmark and is one of five Art Deco state capitols in the nation. Surrounded by a 21-acre state park, the Capitol is in the heart of historic downtown Salem. Due to the closure of historical spaces in the Capitol during a major construction project, we invite you to take a virtual tour and explore one of Oregon’s treasures. Or discover the Capitol’s history, Oregon’s heritage, and ways to get involved in the legislative process below.

The Capitol is where state laws are passed. During the 2023 legislative session the Senate and House Wings, including the hearing rooms connecting the wings, are open to the public.

Here, you can engage in the process by observing your Legislature in committee and chamber floor sessions, meeting with your legislator, testifying in person or remotely, or by submitting testimony in writing. Find out who represents you, or view the committee schedule and participate.

If it's your first time here, we hope you leave inspired to return. Our state needs citizens like you to continue building a stronger Oregon.