The Old Capitol Museum

Original State Capitol

100 South State Street
Jackson, Mississippi

Old Capitol building exterior

The Old Capitol is Mississippi's most historic building.

Built in 1839, it 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.

The Old Capitol Museum has been restored to its original grandeur and reopened by the state as a free museum focusing on the distinguished history of the building and the events that have taken place in it. Interactive multimedia exhibits explore the roles of the legislature, governor, and high court, as well as the importance of historic preservation to the state, the activities that took place in the building after the New Capitol was constructed in 1903, and much more.

The building is a National Historic Landmark, and one of the country's premier examples of Greek Revival public architecture. When it was built in 1839, the massive limestone exterior, copper dome, and grand interior spaces made the Old Capitol the most distinguished building in Mississippi.

Open 10 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Friday.



  • Family Friendly
  • Good for Groups
  • History
  • Tours Available
  • Age Discounts

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