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Jackson’s oldest building, the Old Capitol is home to a museum exploring the history of the site when it was the seat of Mississippi government from 1839 to 1903. Normal hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 601-576-6920 or email info@oldcapitolmuseum.com.

Old Capitol Museum

The Old Capitol 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 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.

Old Capitol Museum Exhibit

Directions: The Old Capitol Museum is located at 100 South State Street, Jackson, MS 39201. Take the Pearl Street exit (96A) off I-55. Turn right onto State Street, then turn right onto Amite Street. The Old Capitol parking area will be to your right.

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