Located in the heart of the city of Jackson, the Mississippi State Capitol serves as both the house of the state government and as a major tourist attraction.
Known for its beautiful interior architecture, it has become a popular place for visitors to Jackson. Despite replacing the old capitol building, which is now the Old Capitol Museum a few blocks away, the current capitol stands out for its neoclassical style.
Originally designed to house all of the state government branches, the legislature, governor's office, and secretary of state offices still reside within its halls. Many tourists can view these halls through free guided tours. The tour office desk itself is just off the north entrance. The tour provides a detailed history of both the building and the state, highlighting such places as the Hall of Governors.
Nearby lies the impressive rotunda that the building is known for where a “Blind Justice” statue at its center gets bathed by an estimated 750 lights. Another signature of the building is its large golden eagle perched atop the golden dome of the building. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, the State Capitol complex features the state tree, the magnolia tree, as well as a replica of the original Liberty Bell.
Many national visitors have said the Mississippi State Capitol building is one of the more beautiful capitol buildings in the nation. Located at the corner of 400 High Street, tourists come to admire its exterior first. Then, they can move on to the tour awaiting inside while taking in the impressive interior design found within.