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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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  • We took the tour as a society function and loved it. So much history as one would expect from a state capitol building. Interesting architecture and hallways and offices abound. Saw the governor's off...  more »
  • A grand example of the surge of new state capitols built in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, the Wisconsin capitol boasts an unusual cruciform plan. This allowed unusual partial dome...  more »
  • What a grand State Capitol building! It's the largest one in the nation, next to Washington DC and boasts marble, statues, frescos and even a replica Liberty Bell. The grand dome was gorgeous, and you...  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.