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Ohio Statehouse, Columbus

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Ohio Statehouse is the state capitol building and seat of government for the U.S. state of Ohio. The Greek Revival building is located on Capitol Square in Downtown Columbus. The capitol houses the Ohio General Assembly, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate. It also contains the ceremonial offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer, and state auditor. Built between 1839 and 1861, it is one of the oldest working statehouses in the United States. The statehouse grounds include two other buildings, the Judiciary Annex or Senate Building, and the Atrium; the three are collectively referred to as the Ohio Statehouse into the present day.

The statehouse's prominent architecture has earned it several landmark designations, including as a National Historic Landmark. The building sees about 500,000 visitors per year.
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  • Arrived early and toured the grounds. There are many interesting statues and memorials. Once inside, I looked around until the tour was ready to start. Glad that I took the guided tour. It was very...  more »
  • We didn't have time for the guided tour so we browsed through the museum and the public areas. The Gift Shoppe clerk was very friendly and helpful on giving suggestions on what to do in our limited...  more »
  • We visited from Cleveland, and it was a wonderful experience to see the Capitol of our own state. Even on a Monday morning it was a quick, painless drive from a nearby suburb where our hotel was. We parked in the garage under the building that was easy to find and very inexpensive (for 2 hours it was $4). We began the free tour in the Map Room that has all of the counties of Ohio in stone, which was a very beautiful tribute to each location. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the buildings, as well as current happenings in the government. It is a beautifully done Greek Revival style building that has many tributes to the history of Ohio. There is also a very interactive museum that houses modern displays of new government as well as the original Ohio declaration. Everyone was friendly, had a kind welcome and warm smile. We felt so welcome and will be happy to return- an overall great experience. It made us very proud to be Ohioans!
  • What an incredible experience. Beautiful architecture, wonderful history and well preserved and detailed grounds. We had a great time. Parking was easy and affordable and everyone was friendly. This is a great tribute to Ohioans and Americans alike.

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