Located in Jackson, the Mississippi State Capitol has housed the State Legislature since 1903. The third capitol building in Jackson, the impressive New Capitol was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969 and designated a Mississippi Landmark in 1986. The Mississippi Capitol Building houses the Legislature, State Library, Supreme Court Hall of Governors, with portraits of Mississippi's governors since 1798, and the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House's offices. Beneath stained-glass domes, are the Senate and the House of Representatives chambers.
Designed in the Beaux-Arts architectural style, the Mississippi Capitol is constructed of Georgia granite and limestone. The rotunda walls are Italian white marble with a base of jet-black marble. An 8-foot copper and gold eagle soars above the dome, which has 750 lights that illuminate the blindfolded figure representing "Blind Justice". Explore the beautiful grounds and see a replica statue of the original Liberty Bell, erected in memory of the Confederate soldiers, the figurehead from the second USS Mississippi battleship, and magnolia trees - the state tree.
Historic Jackson Hotel Near the Mississippi State Capitol
Located within walking distance of the Mississippi State Capitol, the Hilton Garden Inn Jackson downtown is an iconic historic hotel in the heart of downtown's cultural district. Relax in stylish rooms and suites overlooking the energy of downtown with lifestyle luxuries like free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs, and work areas. This elegant Jackson downtown hotel offers a refreshing blend of vintage charm, urban elegance and high-speed capability. Get energized in the fitness club and refresh in the pool and hot tub. Get motivated in 7,000 sq. ft of meeting space. Enjoy creative Southern cuisine at King Edward Grill.
Old Capitol Museum
Formerly the Old Mississippi State Capitol, the Old Capitol Museum is a Mississippi State Historic Site and National Historic Landmark. The statehouse until 1903, the Old Capitol was restored to its grandeur and is now a museum on the history of the building and the events that shaped Mississippi. Multimedia exhibits explore the actions of the legislature, governor, and high court, as well as the importance of preservation of the capital city. The Old Capitol Museum was site of the state's most significant legislative actions - passage of the 1839 Married Women's Property Act, Mississippi's secession from the Union in 1861, and crafting of the 1868 and 1890 state constitutions. Built in 1839 and a fine example of Greek Revival architecture, the Old Capitol has a massive limestone exterior, copper dome, and grand interiors that make it the most distinguished building in Mississippi. For tours, visit http://mdah.state.ms.us/oldcap/.