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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. To visit Wisconsin State Capitol on your trip to Madison, use our Madison trip builder.
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  • Grew up In Madison, so I've been to the capital dozens of times. It's still impressive to visit. The outside of the building is great with many interesting statues which are more state orientated and ...  more »
  • I recommend taking a free guided tour. (If you miss one, the information desk has a self-guided tour brochure.) The gold leaf, marble, and art are beautifully cleaned and restored. The Senate and Hous...  more »
  • Love walking through the capital. I believe they have tours although I have never been on one. Love the architecture and rotunda.  more »
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  • For a rainy day, the tour is wonderful (and free)! A great way to learn about the history of Wisconsin and check out the beautiful architecture of one of the nation's largest Capitols. For a not-rainy day, don't miss the observation deck, where you can get amazing views of the city!
  • I've been to a few states capitals and I might be a little bias being from Wisconsin, but the history and design/architecture and maintenance of the capital is amazing. The view of the city from the grounds and observation deck are unique and awesome. I would recommend a visit.
  • Was amazing! Everything was so beautiful and the people were amazing. I can't wait to visit again(:
  • 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.
  • 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.