Open Doors at the Ohio Statehouse
Virtual tours live online
September 11, 2020

Ohio Open Doors 2020
The Ohio Statehouse will give virtual tours on the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center Facebook Page. The tours begin at noon on Monday, September 14 and continue each day at noon through Saturday, September 19. The tours, featuring a different theme each day, will be presented via Facebook Live and will be led by Statehouse staff. The Ohio Statehouse is pleased to once again participate in the Ohio History Connection’s statewide Ohio Open Doors program by offering virtual tours.

Mon. Sept 14 - Statehouse Highlights Tour – This tour highlights some of the most beautiful and frequented spots the Statehouse has to offer.

Tue. Sept. 15 - First Ladies of Ohio Tour – This tour emphasizes the lives and roles of Ohio’s First Ladies in their state’s history.

Wed. Sept. 16 - Civil Rights in Ohio Tour – This tour explores the history of civil and political rights in Ohio through the lens of the Ohio Statehouse.

Thur. Sept. 17 - Cupola Tour – This tour explores one of the Ohio Statehouse’s most unique and iconic architectural features and will grant participants a stunning view of Columbus.

Fri. Sept. 18 - Art Tour – This tour celebrates the vast and varied collection of art housed at the Ohio Statehouse, as well as the artistry of the building itself.

Sat. Sept. 19 - Women’s Suffrage Centennial Tour – This tour celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution by highlighting the people and events connected with the Ohio Statehouse that were key to the fight for women’s suffrage.

These tours are free and available for all to access on Facebook. In-person, guided tours of the Ohio Statehouse remain unavailable until further notice.

The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center has partnered with Ohio History Connection as part of the Ohio Open Doors project. The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center is one of more than two-hundred organizations participating in this statewide educational project. Learn about Ohio’s past as historic Ohio buildings and landmarks open their doors for virtual tours and events from Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 20. All Ohio Open Doors events are free and available online. For a full list of events and activities available, visit Ohio History Connection.

“The Ohio Statehouse is excited to be participating in the 2020 Ohio Open Doors campaign!” said Dayna Jalkanen, Deputy Director of Museum and Education. “Although this year’s tours will be presented virtually, we’ll still be focusing on objects and spaces in the Statehouse that aren’t typically seen on a public tour. We hope to provide visitors with some new insight into the fascinating history and timeless beauty of our state Capitol.”

About the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center

The Ohio Statehouse Museum is currently closed for health and safety. The Museum includes interactive, hands-on exhibits that challenge visitors’ knowledge about Ohio history and the workings of state government, while equipping them to participate more fully as citizens. Displays include original pages of the Ohio Constitutions, and interactive learning about our state’s founding documents. Virtual resources for learning at home are online at

About the Ohio Statehouse

The Ohio Statehouse is more than a monument to our past; it’s where history happens! The Ohio Statehouse is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on state holidays. Guided tours are suspended until further notice, but visitors are welcome with safe and healthy practices. Face coverings and social distancing of at least six feet are encouraged. Cell phone tour and self-guided tour brochures are available in the Map Room, which is easily accessible from the Third Street entrance. Virtual tours and other resources can be found online at The Capitol Café and Statehouse Museum Shop are closed until further notice. For education and museum information, contact 614-728-2697 or

Dayna Jalkanen, Deputy Director of Museum and Education
Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board
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