Ohio Statehouse

Capitol Building, Landmark, Historic Site
1 Capitol Sq (N High St)
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 752-9777
Monday
7:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
7:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday
7:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday
7:00am - 6:00pm
Friday
7:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday
11:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday
11:00am - 5:00pm

Tips

  • This building was built at the start of the Civil War, approximately around 1861. The statehouse took a total of 22 years to be built and in 1996 was restored to its original brilliance.
  • Lincoln visited here 3 times. In 1859, he spoke from the east steps. In 1861, he visited Governor William Dennison & found out he won the 1860 election and lastly in 1865 after he was assassinated.
  • Take the free guided tour. My 9 year old enjoyed it.
  • Stop in for a free tour most days of the week.
  • Don't frack Ohio!
  • Go inside and see the history, ask to tour the building, I actually watched a legislation meeting once here when I was a teenager.
  • Trust Women!
  • Movie buffs might recognize the Ohio Statehouse in the 2000 movie Traffic, where scenes from a press conference take place on the historic buildings steps.
  • Did you know? The Rotundas floor symbolizes the U.S.s development; 13 stones (colonies), 3 rings (territories), a star with 32 points (each state at the time) & a band all around (the Constitution).
  • Be sure to spend time in the Routunda and Museum in the basement.
  • Check out the guided tour and the audio and iPod tours.
  • Don't be intimidated! The statehouse is open to all public, seven days a week. Since its renovation, it is a place marvelous to visit.
  • Look up. The ceilings are amazing.
  • Cool architecture. Really likes the war letter walls. William McKinley, not so much.
  • Good spot for receptions/ events, too
  • Beautiful building and lots of great restaurants nearby.
  • The Rotunda
  • Attending 73rd Annual Ohioana Library Association Book Awards Celebration with Kay Grier
  • Museums, cafs
  • Very cool. Each of the statues outside the statehouse has a plaque with a phone number. Call the number to get more information about the statue.

Nearby places

39 E State St
160 S High St (E Rich St)
77 S High St (at State St.)