Artwork & Exhibits
The Capitol History Gateway Interpretive Center Experience: We Are Oregonians - Our Shared Heritage
Oregon's multiple cultures have mingled to create a singular state – one that is recognized for its vision and its boldness around the world.
Located on the first floor of the Capitol, this exhibit highlights some of the diverse cultural traditions that have influenced our state. The exhibit also showcases information about other museums and resources in Oregon that expand our understanding of these cultures.
Capitol Art Collection
The astounding Capitol Art Collection was the first funded by Oregon’s
Percent for Art legislation, another of the state’s groundbreaking laws. Grab a self-guided tour brochure at the information kiosk and discover some of the Capitol's fascinating art treasures. The collection features work by over 150 of Oregon’s finest artists. A catalog containing photos and descriptions is available for purchase.
Preview the Capitol Art Collection [pdf].
Photo Opportunities at Your Capitol
Photography for personal use is allowed any time the Capitol is open. Flash photography is not allowed in the Oregon House and Senate chambers during sessions. When open to the public, these spots are favorites for taking pictures:
Observation deck staircase
Rotunda murals and state seal
Governor's Ceremonial Office
Sitting in the Governor’s ceremonial chair
Looking into the Senate or House chambers
Looking down into the Senate or House chambers from the third floor gallery
Artwork throughout the Capitol