The Oregon State Capitol is a treasure to be appreciated and experienced. The Oregon State Capitol Foundation is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the State Capitol and the shared heritage that it represents for all Oregonians.


Capitol Events

Capitol Events Calendar

The Oregon State Capitol Foundation funds and develops projects, events, and programs that engage Oregonians in their democracy and preserves the legacy of Oregon’s Capitol. Click here to learn about upcoming events at your Capitol.


The Great American Eclipse Weekend

Visit us the weekend before the great eclipse of 2017. The Capitol will be open on Aug. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering building and tower tours along with other activities. Events are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events, please visit

As part of the OSCF Speaker Series, Jim Todd, OMSI Director of Space Science Education, will be talking about preparing for viewing the eclipse on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 11:30 a.m. in Hearing Room C. On Monday, Rose City Astronomer President Margaret Mcrea will be narrating through the eclipse on the front steps of the Capitol starting with the onset at approximately 9:05 a.m. on Monday, August 21. The total eclipse comes at 10:17 a.m.

Out-of-This-World Eclipse Concert featuring the Salem Philharmonia Orchestra
Aug. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Capitol Mall

Enjoy the sounds of a full orchestra as the Salem Philharmonia Orchestra performs selections from Star Wars, Star Trek and The Planets, along with other works, as they kick off the Great American Eclipse weekend of activities at the Oregon State Capitol.

Bring a blanket, a lawn chair and a picnic lunch and enjoy an hour of amazing sounds from a talented orchestra. Sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.


Exploring Oregon’s Heritage

Oregonians have long recognized their heritage and taken pride in their culture and traditions. Historic preservation offers a means of celebrating the deep traditions and artistic expressions that enliven and enrich our state. It strengthens our sense of community, stability and continuity, and ensures that we don’t erase the marks left on our landscape by the many people who have helped shape it.

We hope you will join us in honoring Oregon’s diverse culture at future Exploring Oregon’s Heritage events at your Oregon State Capitol. Mark your calendar now.

  • Hispanic Heritage Day: Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Oregon’s Bounty: Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • A Tribute to Veterans: Nov. 9, noon to 2 p.m.
  • 2018 Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol: March 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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The Capitol Experience

Everyday people just like you have shaped Oregon’s laws. How? Visit the Capitol and read about their stories in interpretive exhibits or participate in a guided or self-guided tour.  Admission is always free.

If you can’t visit in person, take a virtual tour of the capitol and building grounds here. Or, begin your journey of discovery on the Capitol History Gateway website, by reading stories about how citizens like you helped create some of Oregon’s unique laws.


Preserving Our Legacy

Preserving Our Legacy

Each year thousands of tourists visit the Oregon State Capitol. Some come to experience the beauty of the Capitol and hear its rich stories and those of the people who shaped our state. Some are interested in the artwork. Others climb the 121 steps up into the Capitol tower and out onto an observation deck to get a closer look at the Oregon pioneer and a spectacular view of Salem. Many more come to learn about or participate in the legislative process. During a legislative session, the State Capitol is full of activity with legislators, staff, and citizens from throughout the state of Oregon. Click here to learn how you can be a part of preserving this legacy.