Did you know that the Rhode Island State House boasts the fourth largest self-supported marble dome in the world? Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea invites you to explore our State House, a McKim, Mead & White masterpiece and the seat of Rhode Island’s state government since 1904.
Visit the House and Senate chambers to see where laws affecting all Rhode Islanders are made, and learn how you can have a say in our state’s future; see our magnificent Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington in the Governor’s State Room; and visit the awe-inspiring three-story State Library, with its ornate, gilded ceiling and books dating to 1750!
Finally, don’t miss the Charter Museum where you will see the original Royal Charter of 1663, the document that sanctioned our state’s “lively experiment” in religious freedom. Learn how Roger Williams, with the help of the Narragansett chiefs Canonicus and Miantonomi, created a safe haven for refugees from neighboring colonies and introduced ideas that were later embodied in the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
Behind the Scenes
Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea invites you to explore the State House, usually closed on the weekends. Step inside the breathtaking Library and visit both the Senate and House Chambers. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see YOUR State House!
While you’re there, also:
Vote for your favorite Rhode Island people, places, and foods using real voting machines!
Scavenger Hunt for kids
Find hidden pictures and treasures throughout the State House!
Read about our experience at the Rhode Island State House on our Blog