Michigan became a state on January 26, 1837. Today almost 10 million people live in Michigan, and we rank as the 8th largest state in the country. We’re a unique state for many reasons, including the fact that Michigan is the only state made up of two peninsulas (the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula), and we touch four of the five Great Lakes! (Do you know which ones?) We’re world famous for our beautiful beaches, our cars, and tart cherries!
Learn more about some of the most significant rooms in the Michigan State Capitol.
Did you know that Michigan’s Capitol is 267 feet tall? Brush up on Capitol facts here!
A Capitol Idea
The Michigan State Capitol is partnering with the Library of Michigan to showcase and share images, historical documents, and other Capitol treasures! This collection will continue to grow, so check in frequently!
Capitol Square is home to beautiful Victorian-inspired flower beds.
The Michigan Legislature publishes a variety of free booklets for students including coloring books and information about how laws are made. Check it out here!
Michigan Legislative Biography Database
Over 5,500 people have served in the Michigan Legislature since the state was founded in 1835. Learn more about individual members or groups of legislators by using the Library of Michigan’s Legislative Biography Database.
Michigan’s Three Capitols
Michigan has had three capitol buildings, and two capital cities.
This colorful Michigan postcard printed about 1945 includes images of (from left to right) a factory, a baseball diamond (probably Tiger Stadium), the Ambassador Bridge, a farmer’s field, a freighter, Detroit’s famous Fisher Building, and, of course, the Capitol!
Image Courtesy of the Michigan State Capitol Archive, Lawler Collection
VideosFull Tour of the Capitol
Decorative Artwork: Woodgraining
Exterior Architecture of the Capitol
Behind the Scenes: Capitol Dome Tour
Behind the Scenes: Attics, Balconies, & Interesting Spaces
Furniture & Fixtures: House Chamber
Furnitures & Fixtures: Governor’s Office
Portraits in the Capitol: The Senate Chamber
Spring 2020 Annual Flower Planting
Capitol Collections: New Arrivals
Capitol Collections: Restoration, Renewal, & Infrastructure
Walkthrough of the Michigan Legislative Process
Capitol Battle Flag Collection
This Day in History: Ratification of the 19th Amendment
Sign Language Tour of the Capitol