Visitors can use their cell phones to explore the Ohio Statehouse and its grounds, and learn about the architecture, history, and current use of the state capitol. There are numerous cell phone stops within the 10 acres of Capitol Square, allowing guests to dial in on their cell phone to specific predetermined phone numbers and listen to descriptions about the interior spaces of the Statehouse, as well as the monuments and sculptures on the grounds. The exterior sculpture portion of the cell phone tour is designed to inform and educate Statehouse visitors about the importance of each monument and the individuals or groups that they honor.
The Ohio Statehouse Monument Cell Phone Audio Tour begins with the monuments and gardens outside on Capitol Square. Signage at the base of each monument highlights a tease question about the individual sculptures and a local phone number which visitors may call to hear about each work. A 30 to 90 second audio description depicts each monument and answers the question listed on the signs.
Inside the Ohio Statehouse, phone messages describe the rooms and artworks of the Capitol. This allows guests to tour the complex on their own time. Visitors can pick up a paper brochure in the ground-floor Map Room, and call the phone numbers to explore the Statehouse, Atrium, and Senate Building. Click below for a complete list of phone numbers.
The Statehouse Cell Phone Audio tour allows you to set the pace. You see all that you want to see - in the order you want to see it. And it's really as simple as 1-2-3.
1. Grab your cell phone.
2. Find the phone numbers in the list below, in the paper brochure, or on the audio tour signs at the base of each exterior monument.
3. Call the phone number and learn about the different spaces, artworks, and artifacts that can be found on Capitol Square.
The cell phone audio tour is FREE, except for air-time minutes according to each visitor's cell phone calling plan. Following the cell phone tour is a unique and exciting way to learn about Ohio history and civics. After all, the Ohio Statehouse is more than just a monument to our past - it is where history happens!
Visitors are welcome to explore Capitol Square on their own during open business hours. Self-guided brochures and building maps are available in the Map Room on the Ground Floor. The brochure provides written information about each public space, as well as a phone number that you can call for audio information. The map provides a detailed floorplan of Capitol Square, and corresponding large-scale maps are located on the walls of the North and South Light Courts. Please note that the House and Senate Chambers are locked on the weekends and can only be accessed on a guided tour. Various spaces in the Statehouse may be inaccessible at any given time due to special events or legislative activity.
Scavenger hunt booklets are available upon request. These guides are designed for children ages 5-10 to have fun finding interesting spaces and details in the Statehouse with their adult companions. They are ideal for small groups with young children. If you are interested in the Statehouse scavenger hunt booklets, please call Katie Montgomery at 614-728-3726 or 1-888-OHIO-123 to request them.