The Ohio Statehouse Museum





The Great Seal of the State of Ohio has undergone several design changes throughout its history. Pictured above are the original seal and various revisions from 1861 through current day.

Seals of the State of Ohio

The State of Ohio has had an official seal for more than two hundred years. The seal illustrates Ohio's diverse geography. The Scioto River flows across the center of the seal, separating cultivated fields from Mount Logan located in Ross County. In the foreground is a freshly harvested wheat field containing a sheaf of wheat, illustrating the importance of farming in Ohio. Nearby stand seventeen arrows that resemble the sheaf of wheat. The seventeen arrows represent Ohio's Native Americans as well as the fact that Ohio was the seventeenth state to join the United States of America. At the top of the seal is the sun, with thirteen rays protruding outwards. The thirteen rays represent the thirteen colonies that became the original thirteen states of the United States. In an attempt to reign in the design of the seal, the Legislature officially adopted Ohio's modern version in 1967, modifying it in 1996.

The rotunda of the Statehouse has a magnificent skylight with a handpainted version of a Seal that was designed in 1847. This version is similar to Ohio's present seal, but features a canal boat that is totally missing from today's seal.