Welcome to Mississippi’s most historic building! 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 Old Capitol 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.
Admission to the Old Capitol is free. Please call ahead to schedule tours for groups of ten or more.
Tour Groups and Schools
To book tours for school groups or any groups of ten or more, contact Connie R. Michael at 601-576-6902 or by email. Group tours are self-guided and generally take about one hour.
A teacher’s resource guide (PDF) is available as a supplement to tours.
- Take the Pearl St. exit (96A) off I-55.
- Turn right onto State St.
- Turn right onto Amite St.
- Turn right into parking lot behind Old Capitol
- Walk around south side of building to enter through the front
- Park along Amite Street, next to War Memorial Building
- Visitors walk along sidewalk to the front of the building