Missouri State Capitol

201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101, USA

Jefferson City may be Missouri’s 15th most populous city, but it’s the state capital nonetheless, with a stunning building to prove it. Completed in 1917, the Capitol sits on a limestone bluff on the south bank of the Missouri River, covering three full acres downtown. Revered for its architectural details, it features impressive columns, a grand staircase, and enormous bronze doors—at one time, the largest casts since the Roman area. Two allegorical bronze figures depicting the Mississippi and Missouri rivers flank a 13-foot-tall statue of Thomas Jefferson at the south entrance, while a frieze showing the history of Missouri decorates the north side of the building. Inside, a ground-floor museum pays homage to Missouri’s cultural and natural heritage with exhibits, dioramas, and rotating displays. The three-point perspective paintings scattered throughout the hallways are also a popular attraction. Take one of the free 45-minute guided tours to learn more about the building, its artwork, and Missouri itself.

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