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A New Way to Experience the State Capitol

August 15, 2018

captiol 1There is a new way to experience a visit to the Oregon State Capitol. Through a 360-degree virtual tour, visitors are now able to explore the Capitol through the internet, without leaving the comforts of home. For those visiting the Capitol in person, the virtual tour can be accessed to enhance their experience.

Captitol 2Visitors can discover the House and Senate Chambers, Governor’s Ceremonial Office and the State Capitol State Park. Or, be transported up to the observation deck to take in in the amazing views of historic downtown Salem, the Willamette Valley and beyond. The tour also allows the visitor to get an up close look at the Oregon Pioneer statue. Red buttons throughout the virtual tour include both audio and video. The menu includes an option for sharing the experience with family and friends by clicking a button.  Additional interior and exterior photographs, information in a PDF format and related videos are also featured in the menu section.

Capitol 4The vision is to provide additional access to the building through the tour experience. One goal in the near future is to offer the audio segments in other languages.

Link to the tour by texting the word Oregon to 24587. It’s also available on the website at

This project was made possible through the Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

Written by: Stacy Nalley, Public Outreach Coordinator at Oregon State Capitol

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