Missouri's Capitol - Visual Journey...Missouri
 
   
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The Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri sits high atop a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. The view to the left is from the All Missouri Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated on November 11, 1991. It features a limestone colonnade, terraced waterfall, reflecting pool and eight black marble posts forming a path called the "Veterans Walk."
Completed in 1918, the Renaissance-style building covers three acres. The two previous capitol buildings were destroyed by fire, the second having been started by a bolt of lightning. Atop the lantern of the capitol dome, is a classic bronze figure of Ceres, goddess of grain, chosen to symbolize Missouri's agricultural heritage. The exterior of the building is made of limestone marble, as are the floors of all the corridors, the rotundas and the stairways.  
 
   
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The Missouri State Museum on the first floor features exhibits of historical significance. Artwork throughout the building dramatically depicts scenes of Missouri's history and people, including Thomas Hart Benton's famous mural "A Social History of the State of Missouri". Free guided tours of the building lasting about 45 minutes to an hour are given daily:

Monday - Saturday, every hour on the hour, first tour at 9 a.m., last tour at 4 p.m., no tours at noon.

Sunday - 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

To schedule group tours, call (573) 751-2854.
During the Fourth of July celebration there is usually a hot air balloon launch and an evening illumination of the balloons.   
 
   
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The Fourth of July celebration includes a wonderful display of fireworks. 
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