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Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison

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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. Plan to visit Wisconsin State Capitol and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Madison attractions using our Madison day trip site.
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  • The Capitol is a must see for visitors to Madison. It is the third capitol building to stand on this site. For the best introduction to the building, take one of the free scheduled tours. 
    The Capitol is a must see for visitors to Madison. It is the third capitol building to stand on this site. For the best introduction to the building, take one of the free scheduled tours.  more »
  • Great mosaics, door carvings, lighting, that gives the State Capitol Building a very European grand building feel. Make sure you go up to the rotunda and walk outside to see the sculptures there as... 
    Great mosaics, door carvings, lighting, that gives the State Capitol Building a very European grand building feel. Make sure you go up to the rotunda and walk outside to see the sculptures there as...  more »
  • What a beautiful state capitol. Nice one-hour tour during which I learned a great deal. The building is beautiful and well-maintained. 
    What a beautiful state capitol. Nice one-hour tour during which I learned a great deal. The building is beautiful and well-maintained.  more »
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  • The Wisconsin State Capitol is simply a stunning building. Everyone that is able should take a half hour to walk through this incredible structure. Photos don't do the majesty justice, and you really need to see it for yourself. I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area or passing nearby.
  • Absolutely huge capitol building! I was really impressed by the scale and the architecture. Also, we saw protesters outside exercising their rights. I was pleased that authorities were not giving them a hard time, and they were permitted to seek freedom and equality before the law
  • Stunning building both inside and out. Plus the whole square is so cool to just walk around and window shop, grab a drink, and get some good food as well. There are little details all over. The view from the roof is pretty nice too. A very nice area to visit.
  • This building is so beautiful. They offer free guided tours and I definitely recommend going on one. Our guide was able to take us to places we didn't know about, told us all kinds of interesting facts, and was really friendly. I had no idea we could go up to the observation tower, or that there was a small museum up there! So much fun for free!
  • This place is as gorgeous and interesting to explore as it is important to our state. Marble from floor to ceiling, some imported and not without stories! Take the guided tour and they'll tell you all about it! The capital is extremely impressive, every detail is meticulous. It is a state treasure! Coming in at $7.2 million dollars back in the early 1900s. This is a must see if you are visiting Madison, WI.

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