The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus has history as far back as 1861. At the beginning of the Civil War the building of the Statehouse was completed.
The Greek Revival architecture is beautiful with open grand staircases.
It took 22 years to build the Statehouse which was a very similar reproduction to the Paris Opera House. In 1996 it was restored to its original magnificence.
Filled with invaluable art, it also has a marble bust of Abraham Lincoln. During the Civil War the Union Soldiers often camped on the Statehouse grounds.
Known as “Capitol Square”, this complex houses the Statehouse, Senate Building and Atrium which are all government offices. It’s quite a magnificent place to see!
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus Tours
Free Guided Daily Tours
You can tour the Statehouse Monday through Friday between the hours of 10AM and 3PM and on Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 3PM. The tours start on the house and run 45 to 60 minutes. You’ll start the tour in the Map Room (Third Street Entrance).
Groups of 9 or less do not need to schedule a tour, groups of 10 or more – call in advance (614) 728-2695.
Additionally they offer guided tours for larger groups (requires a 2 week notice), “Miss Emma’s” Tour which includes motor coach tours, and self-guided and audio wand tours. To schedule your tour call (614) 728-2695 or 1-888-OHIO-123.
The Capitol Cafe is available to serve lunch and dinner Victorian style and served boarding house style. This tradition came about by Miss Emma Jones. Miss Emma
was related to the “founding families” of Columbus and a socialite. She provided hospitatlity and hearty meals for many of the leaders in the Statehouse and for officers in the Union Army during the Civil War.
The Museum Shop is located on the ground floor of the building and you’ll find exceptional gifts based on an Ohio or political theme. The gifts are made by local artists or businesses and many are exclusive to the Museum shop.
The elegance of the Statehouse and its surrounding area offers several places for a memorable wedding which include the Rotunda, State Room, Caitol Atrium, Ladies’ Gallery and more. Book early if you’re interested!
If you haven’t visited the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus – you’re missing a real adventure and the opportunity to step back in time in Ohio history. Visit the official website.