Old Capitol Museum Reopens

The Old Capitol Museum has reopened with new hours—10 am to 2 pm, Wednesday through Friday.

The "Old Capitol" is located at 100 South State Street in Downtown Jackson

The National Historic Landmark was closed to repair long-standing problems with the building's roof and dome. Admission is free.

"The Old Capitol is the most historically significant building in the state," said Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. "We are pleased to reopen and welcome back visitors."

Parking is available on the lower lot accessible from Amite Street. Limited handicapped parking is available on the upper lot. Due to construction at the War Memorial Building, a portion of the lot will remain fenced off.

The Old Capitol Museum is also available for event rentals such as weddings, receptions, ceremonies, and lectures. More information about reserving space is available at MDAH.MS.GOV or email eventrentals@mdah.ms.gov.

The Old Capitol is home to a museum exploring the site's history when it was the seat of Mississippi government from 1839 to 1903. The 180-year-old building is one of the country's premier examples of Greek Revival public architecture. The massive limestone exterior, copper dome, and grand interior spaces made the Old Capitol at one time the most distinguished building in Mississippi.

The building was the site of some of the state's most significant legislative actions, such as the passage of the 1839 Married Women's Property Act, Mississippi's secession from the Union in 1861, and the crafting of the 1868 and 1890 state constitutions.

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