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Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison

Categories: Government Buildings, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
See the granite Roman Renaissance structure of Wisconsin State Capitol, which houses chambers of the state's legislature, its supreme court, and the office of the governor. Take a free tour (offered daily) for a first-hand look at the building's marble floors, glass mosaics, and door knobs with the state's seal carved into them. From outside, look up at the capitol statue--the three-ton bronze figure covered in gold leaf symbolizes the state's motto--Forward. To visit Wisconsin State Capitol on your trip to Madison, use our Madison trip builder.
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  • This was our first trip to Madison and the first thing on our list to see was the Wisconsin State Capitol building. My wife and I had read how nice it was and had to see if for ourselves. We took the ...  read more »
  • This is a beautiful building and well worth a walk through! The craftsmanship that went into building this is awesome. There was some form of political rally going on under the dome when we were there...  read more »
  • The building is majestic and very beautiful. Worth a walk thru. Couldn't get I to the senate or house chambers but just walking thru was a very beautiful site. On Saturday there is a farmers market on...  read more »
  • Beautifully maintained, accessible, and approachable. Madison residents actually use the Capitol lawn to have downtime with their families, which is commendable. A beautiful vegetable garden was centered on one of the sides (facing Lake Monona, I think), which was an unexpected but ingenious landscaping feature.
  • If you and a stranger happen to converge at the entrance to the Wisconsin State Capital at the same time, they will likely smile and gingerly wave you forward. "After you," they'll say, that friendly concession a trademark of "Wisconsin nice." You'll make your way through the bulky wooden revolving doorway and into the granite hallways, and if it's your first time here, you'll be surprised at it's grandeur, elegance, and the ornate frescos adorning the walls and ceilings. It's truly one of the most beautiful state capitals in the United States. If you're lucky enough to visit at the right time, meet in the rotunda on the hour for a free tour. The tour is informative and fun, and you even get to see the courtroom, the senate chamber, and the assembly chamber. The tour guides are knowledgeable and willing and able to answer your questions. As of this review writing, tours were offered Monday through Saturday at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, and Sunday at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. If you come around noon, you're likely to hear protesters singing anti-Governer Walker songs and exercising their first amendment rights. During the holidays, the Capital is decorated and a large Christmas tree sets a festive mood. If you're visiting during the summer, take the stairs or take the elevator, but make sure you make it to the sixth floor museum and observation deck, which offers unparalleled views and is only open during the summer. I hope you get a chance to visit and enjoy our beautiful Capital building. The unique architecture and atmosphere wow me every time I visit.
  • Beautiful building. I would recommend going inside. If you can go ask the way up and go outside you can see great views of the city.
  • Touring the Wisconsin State Capitol is an awesome experience. This place is huge and you can see all aspects of the Wisconsin State Government in action here. They have tour guides or pamphlets were you can tour at your own pace and easily be able to explore and see more. It's a big building, if you are able to go during the summer the roof is open and offers a great view of the city! Check it out!
  • One of the most beautiful buildings in Wisconsin, though not the biggest nor the oldest. It might be the most valuable, however. Some of the stone and wood are irreplaceable and the 360 degree view from the observation deck shows off an amazing view of Madison. If you are lucky enough to be able to climb above the dome and into the spire, the view only gets better. Tours run often and are worth it.
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