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Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison

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Government Building Tourist Spot
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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  • We did not take the tour but just walked in and looked around. Awesome, breath takingly beautiful. Just so much to see from the floor to ceiling.  more »
  • Great view of the state capitol in madison when visiting UW hospital and when I stayed at Hilton Monona downtown such a pleasant site in the midst of downtown so historic looking.  more »
  • This is just a beautiful capitol building. It's easy to walk in. You only need 15-20 minutes of time to walk around. There was a very interesting art collection on display.  more »
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  • Wow! Beautiful building. Wandered around for a couple hours, from the basement to the observation deck on top. Very nice air-conditioned get away on a hot day... American craftsmanship at its best. Helpful and nice staff around but you can wander on your own unmolested too. The views from the top of the isthmus, the lakes, the university and city layout are not to be missed. Best free attraction in town! Unless your a tax payer, in that case your paying plenty for admission.
  • This Capital building seemed to be eclectic. No solid theme. Security was present but, no security screening. The tour guide was knowledgeable but, the tour was short, about 30 minutes.
  • This is an incredible building. Didn't get too much time there since we got there right before they closed, however, had a lot of fun exploring and finding random open doors to go explore in. The observation deck was closed and we were really looking forward to this, so that was a bummer. Still a fun experience. I got to pretend I was a part of local Government in one of the rooms that was left open!! :) Its a must see for anyone visiting the area and people who live in the area and have never been there.
  • Love the fact that you can wander the building exploring. Great way to blow an hour unless there's protesters...
  • Amazing architecture I can never get enough! Always kept up. Only bad thing is it closes at 6

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Where to stay in Madison

The university and state politics draw a constant stream of visitors to Madison, so you'll find a wide range of accommodations in the city. Numerous hotels circle the campus, and some of these overlook Lake Mendota. Moving onto the isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, you'll find a handful of charming inns and bed and breakfasts, most of which offer panoramic views of the water. Areas south of Lake Monona feature national chain hotels and motels. These sit farther away from the action around campus and the State Capitol Building, but they can also offer water views and quiet settings near some of Madison's many parks.
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