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The Governor’s Guide to Olympia, WA

Olympia Washington has been the Capitol of the Territory and State of Washington since 1853. The Capitol Campus is situated on 12 acres of grounds designed by the famous Olmsted Brothers and with a sweeping view of Olympia and Puget Sound, it remains one of the loveliest capitol settings in the United States. The grand centerpiece of the campus is the soaring Legislative Building (1928), a monumental landmark of columns and hand-carved friezes. Six cast-bronze doors weighing five tons apiece, each one bearing a different scene from Washington’s past, open into a sumptuous world of polished marble and plaster ceilings. Ask our staff for more information about visiting the Capital Campus from The Governor Hotel in Olympia.

Majestically looming over Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia is the Romanesque style “Old Capitol” building. Built in 1892, as the county courthouse, eight turrets and a central clock tower originally topped it; unfortunately natural disasters destroyed these architectural features. It remains an impressive landmark for the city and visitors can step inside during public business hours. This building is part of the 12-square block area of downtown, which was designated as a National Register Historic District in 2004.

Take a virtual tour of the State of Washington Capitol Building

Visit the Olympia Visitor & Convention Bureau

Washington State Capitol Building

Capitol Way and 14th Ave. Built in 1922, restored and refurbished for the 1989 state centennial, it is claimed to be one of the most beautiful Capitol’s in the nation. It is also the fifth highest masonry dome building in the world, rising 267 feet from the plateau. While on campus do not overlook the Justice Building, Vietnam Memorial, World War II Memorial, State Library, and the Governor’s Mansion.

State Capital Museum

Housed in the former Lord Mansion, the museum preserves the heritage of Olympia. Now a branch of the Washington State Historical Society, the museum houses exhibits that include Native American pioneers, Washington State and territorial history and our state political history as well. Exhibits change monthly.

Hands On Children’s Museum

A fun-filled interactive museum for children to learn, explore, and enjoy hours of play. One of the largest youth museums in the Northwest, with over 10,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. Only 4 blocks from the hotel.

Olympia Farmers Market

Located on the waterfront at historic Budd inlet, enjoy a sweeping view of the Olympic Mountains. This open-air market features locally grown produce, plants, meats and seafoods, baked goods, herbs and honey, homemade craft items and international dining.