A Greek Inspired "People's House" In The Center Of Ohio
The Ohio Statehouse is not only the seat of Ohio government and the "People's House", it is also one of the oldest working statehouses in the country. It contains the Chambers, hearing rooms and offices of the Ohio Legislature as well as the office of the Governor. The architecture of the building as inspired by ancient Greek temples. It took over 22 years to build. The Statehouse also has priceless historic art, including a marble bust of Abraham Lincoln, and exhibits focusing on Ohio history and progress.
The Ohio Statehouse is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed holidays. Free guided tours are offered Monday through Friday on the hour from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 3 p.m. Visitors may also wander on their own anytime during Statehouse hours with a self-guided tour brochure or borrow a tour wand with pre-recorded information to follow at your own pace.
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The Ohio Statehouse took 22 years to build, and for good reason. Built in the Greek Revival style, and complemented by sweeping staircases modeled after the Paris Opera House, the building is an architect's dream. But it's not just the structure that captivates visitors. Their expansive collection of art and daily free tours make it a must-see for visitors as well as locals. Since becoming a state in 1803, Ohio has been the birthplace to many American leaders, a number of whom are immortalized as statues on the surrounding grounds—so if you're visiting during off-hours, the area is still perfect for a stroll.