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Featured Event:

The Great American Eclipse Weekend at the Capitol!

 

Please see the information below for detailed information on eclipse weekend programming. If you have any questions please feel free to call Visitor Services at 503-986-1388.

Parking questions, please go here. Visiting Salem? Check this link.

The Oregon Capitol Store is carrying eclipse-themed merchandise, including the Oregon State Parks line of products. Please plan ahead and be safe viewing this natural phenomenon.

 

 

    

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July

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

July 1 – 29 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Tower Tour to visit the Oregon Pioneer start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, weather permitting. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free.

 

Nancy Lindburg "Resolutions" Exhibit 

Until July 27​, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Free

Oregon Arts Commission is proud to showcase Salem-resident artist Nancy Lindburg in the current Governor's Ceremonial Office exhibit through July 27. Lindburg's paintings, ranging from simple still-lifes and non-representational studies to landscapes and color-filed paintings, are rich in color and feeling. Both lively and meditative, Lindburg's works provide an encounter that is exhilarating and refreshing.

 

August

 


Tour Your Capitol and Parks

August 1 – 31 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Tower Tour to visit the Oregon Pioneer start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, weather permitting. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 

Eclipse Weekend Tours

August 19 – 20,  Free​​​

Come visit us the weekend prior to the great eclipse of 2017! We are the FIRST of 5 capital cities that will be able to see the eclipse in its totality. On Saturday and Sunday we will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and you are welcome to take a self-guided building tour at anytime. Below are the guided tour times -- both of the building and to the observation platform "tower tours." Tower tours are capacity controlled (50 people only) and are weather permitting. If you are under 18 you must have an adult accompanying you to the tower and a waiver must be signed.

Saturday times: Guided Tower Tours at 9 a.m.*, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

Guided Building Tours at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Sunday times: Guided Tower Tours at 9 a.m.*, 10 a.m. Full, 11 a.m. Full, noon Full and 1 p.m.

Guided Building Tours at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Full, 11:30 a.m. Full, 12:30 p.mFull and 1:30 p.m.

*If you wish to take the 9 a.m. Guided Tower Tour on either day, please call in advance for a ticket and a waiver, 503-986-1388.

Eclipse Concert

August 19,  11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Free​​​

The Salem Philharmonia Orchestra will be performing an hour-long space-themed concert on Saturday in the Capitol Mall. Bring a blanket, a lawn chair, and a picnic lunch and enjoy an hour of amazing sounds from a talented orchestra. This concert is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

Get Prepared to View the Eclipse, Lecture by OMSI Educator

August 20,  11:30 a.m. Hearing Room C

The total solar eclipse of 21 August 2017 will sweep across the entire United States continent. Every American living in the 48 contiguous states and Alaska will be able to see a partial eclipse and millions of Americans will enjoy one of nature's most spectacular displays by either living along its path or by driving less than a day from their homes. The moon's shadow (about 100 km wide) will traverse a huge landmass, starting from Oregon and ending in South Carolina, in an uninterrupted manner, over a span of approximately 90 minutes. The last time the US witnessed such an event was on July 29,1878.  Where will YOU be in 2017? Come listen to OMSI Director of Space Science Education, Jim Todd, talk about the eclipse and the best way to view it, and the different stages of the eclipse. The discussion will take close to half an hour and followed with questions and answers. This is your time to inquire about all things eclipse related!

Narration of the Eclipse by Rose City Astronomers

August 21,  approximately 9 a.m. Capitol Front Steps  

The eclipse starts close to 9:05 a.m. and doesn't hit a total eclipse in Salem until 10:17 a.m. At that point it will be almost two minutes of totality. Rose City Astronomer, Margaret Mcrea, will be talking through the eclipse, giving viewers the technical names of the eclipse in different stages. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

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September

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

September 1 – 30 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Tower Tour to visit the Oregon Pioneer start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, weather permitting. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 


 

The Art of Oregon Elders Exhibit

August 26 – September 8 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Leading Age Oregon brings its collection of winning entries for this year's Ageless Art exhibit. The collection consists of 40-50 pieces and will be displayed in the Galleria. 


 

Hispanic Heritage Day

Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

 

The Capitol celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Hispanic people and their impact on Oregon. Festivities include booths, music, dancing and more. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.


  

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October

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

October 3 – 31 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 


 

 

Oregon's Bounty
Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free​

Capitol Galleria/State Capitol State Park Event will showcase the variety of crops harvested in Oregon and shared with the world. Families are encouraged to learn about the significance of agriculture through sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. This will be a free, fun learning event for kids and adults with lots of hands-on activities and displays. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

                

​November

 


              

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

November 1-30 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.​ State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 

                                              

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tuesday, November 28, 5:30 p.m. Free

Help kick off Holidays at the Capitol with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. A musical performance will transpire from 5 to 5:30 p.m. before the tree lighting ceremony begins. This fun-filled night delights families with a visit from Santa, the Grand Tree coming alive with lights, a model railroad train, free refreshments and more! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

 


 

Holidays at the Capitol

November 29-December 22 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Free

The Capitol Rotunda is filled with sounds of the season with visiting choirs throughout the state. There is chair seating available and Capitol holiday decor is sure to add to your visit!  This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

 

 

 
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December

 



Tour Your Capitol and Parks

December 1-30 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

No guided building tours in the month of December. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.​ State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free.

Holidays at the Capitol

Through December 22 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Free​ 

December 18-22, daily performances are limited as schools are no longer in session. Please refer to schedule for performance times.

The Capitol Rotunda is filled with sounds of the season with visiting choirs throughout the state. There is chair seating available and Capitol holiday decor is sure to add to your visit! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

 


 

Oregon Capitol Store Open House

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Come by to see a vast array of the Oregon gourmet foods and beverages that our Oregon Capitol Store carries. Create a small or large gift basket with your choice of delicious treats!

January

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

January 2-31 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.​ State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 

 

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February

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

February 1-28 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.​ State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 

 

 

Oregon's 159th Birthday Party

Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Oregon's Birthday Celebration! This is the first event in a week of activities to celebrate the birthday of our great state. Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859 and to celebrate we will have costumed history interpreters, historic re-enactments, activities for children, period music, covered wagons and a stagecoach, free birthday cake while supplies last and more! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

 

March

 


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Tour Your Capitol and Parks

March 1 – 31 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 

Cherry Blossom Day

Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol celebrates the rich impact of the Japanese culture on Oregon and the history of the cherry industry. Come celebrate the day with exhibits, booths, music and more! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

  

 
 
 
 

Spring Break Passport to Fun! Program

March 26 to 30, 2018

 

It's back! The Spring Break Passport to Fun! program will run March 26-30, 2018. The Oregon State Capitol, State Capitol State Park, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette Heritage Center and  State Archives have partnered to bring free activities to families. You can enter to win a prize basket at any of the locations. For more information, call Visitor Services at the Capitol, 503-986-1388.

 

April



Capitol Mall in Spring

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

April 3 – 28 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 

 

Salem Veterans of Foreign Wars #661 Uniform Display Museum

April 2-21, Free

This annual exhibit is one of the Capitol's most visited.  Every year Salem's VFW displays newly acquired uniforms in the Galleria. This year's exhibit features 60 uniforms, including a husband and wife team, a WWI Medal of Honor winner and an Imperial Japanese Army WWII uniform. For more information on this exhibit, please call Tom Vanderhoof with VFW #661 at 503-589-9376.    

Take Your Child to Work Day

Thursday, April 26​, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Oregon State Capitol has a Take Your Child to Work Day fun pack available for this year's event. A walking tour brochure of State Capitol State Park, a park scavenger hunt sheet, and a state seal scavenger hunt sheet are all available at the Information Kiosk. Families can also go on a self-guided building tour. SORRY -- NO TOWER TOURS are available this day.

 

Exploring Oregon's Heritage: Asian and Pacific Islander Day at the Capitol

Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Asian and Pacific Islander Day at the Capitol celebrates the rich impact of the many diverse cultures of this large geographic areas peoples to our state. Come celebrate the day with exhibits, performances, booths, music and more! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

 

May

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

May 1 – 31 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, subject to guide availability due to school tours (please call in advance.) Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free.    

This Place Matters Exhibit 

May 14-31​, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Galleria. Free.

The Salem Historic Landmarks Commission sponsored and will install this exhibit in honor of Historic Preservation Month, May 2017.  The photos on display highlight Salem's historic buildings, neighborhoods and places that matter to Salem residents. 

 

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June

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

June 1 – 30 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, subject to guide availability due to school tours (please call in advance June 1-13.) Free. Tower Tours start on June 19! Visit the Oregon Pioneer, tours start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, weather permitting. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 

 

Make Music Salem

June 21​, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. FREE.

Make Music Day Salem celebrates a diverse range of music with free concerts at numerous locations throughout downtown. For more information about the line up planned, click here.​


 

 

 

 


 

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