Visit Your Capitol

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Hours

The Capitol is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for the following: - New Year’s Day - Martin Luther King Day - Memorial Day - Juneteenth - Independence Day - Labor Day - Veteran’s Day - Thanksgiving Day and the following day - Christmas Day ​

How to Get Here

The Capitol is located at 900 Court St. NE, in Salem, between Portland and Eugene, just west of I-5. Due to construction the main entrance on Court Street is closed. Visitors accessing the building must use the entrance on the south side, which is located on State Street.

Parking

Metered parking is available around the Capitol at a cost of $1.50 per hour. Free parking can be found within the historic downtown area. The Capitol’s main entrance on Court Street is closed due to construction. Visitors must enter the Capitol on the south side of the building from State Street. If parking on Court Street, visitors will need to follow the signs through the park to access the south entrance. Visit here to learn more about metered parking around the building.

Public Transportation

Most Cherriots bus routes travel to the Downtown Transit Center, just three blocks from the Capitol. The Capitol also has a stop directly in front on Court Street. For more information, visit the Cherriots website at www.cherriots.org.

Reserving Space in the Capitol and Building Use Policy

Email capitol.events@oregonlegislature.gov or call 503-986-1384 to reserve space. Space is very limited during the construction project. To view the Capitol's Building Use Policy visit: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/EnterpriseDocumentLibrary/lac_policies.pdf.

Reserving Space in State Capitol State Park

If you would like to have an event using the park spaces surrounding the Capitol you will need to contact Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and file an event permit. You can learn more at the State Capitol State Park page or emailscsp.permits@oprd.oregon.gov.

Language Access

To make arrangements for language interpretation and translation while you are at the Capitol or testifying remotely for a public committee hearing, including ASL, please contact the Language Services staff at 503-986-1538 or email languageaccess@oregonlegislature.gov​. Requests should be made ​three business ​days in advance. For more information, click here.

Capitol Store

The store is a perfect place to find unique items designed exclusively for the Capitol and it features a wide variety of souvenirs. Shop the collections online at https://oregoncapitol.com/shop-capitol-collection/ and place your order by calling 503-986-1391, or emailing your order to capitol.store@oregonlegislature.gov. A customer service representative will contact you to complete the order, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Accessibility

The Capitol staff works with individuals to ensure universal access to public hearings. Find out more about these services on the ADA accessibility page at https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/Pages/universalAccess.aspx

Security

The safety of the Capitol and the people who use it is a top priority. The goal is to ensure the highest public access while proactively securing all who enter to have a safe and positive experience. Strict security measures are being taken to ensure the protection of our elected officials, guests and the public when visiting the Capitol. Always allow time for possible delays for security processing when visiting the Capitol.

 

Condition of Entry

 

  • For security reasons, access to the Capitol is conditional upon consent to inspection.
  • All persons – no exceptions – must go through screening and must present purses, packages, and other objects for separate electronic inspection.
  • No weapons or other hazards allowed.
  • No sealed envelopes or packages allowed.
  • Items may not be delivered or left behind.
  • Once visitors have exited the Capitol, re-entry will require reprocessing.
  • You do have right to refuse any or all of these security screening procedures. However, entry to the building will be denied.

 

Things to Keep in Mind

 

  • The Legislature may be in session during your visit. The historical spaces in the Capitol are closed through 2024, due to construction. Observe closure signs, and remain quiet in chamber galleries.
  • No food, beverages, or flash photography in the chambers.
  • Space is capacity controlled, first come, first serve.

Food

The Capitol Café is currently closed for construction, but don’t worry; restaurants are located within three blocks of the Capitol. Vending machines are located on the second floor break room in the House Wing.

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