Old Capitol Museum

The Old Capitol is Mississippi's most historic building. Built in 1839, it 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 Museum is currently closed for roof repairs and other restoration work. Once the work is complete the museum will reopen for special events and event rentals.


The Old Capitol Museum DomeThe Old Capitol Museum 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.


The Hall of Fame honors distinguished Mississippians, including artist Walter Anderson, author Eudora Welty, civil rights hero Medgar Evers, Choctaw chief Pushmataha, and federal judge Burnita Shelton Matthews. Portraits of members of the Hall of Fame hang in the historic Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum and throughout the building.

Hall of Fame Gallery

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