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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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  • I really enjoyed our impromptu visit to the Capitol building. There's a lot to see and read as you wander around- pictures, murals, placards with info, etc. Wind your way around and take in some reall...  more »
  • I stopped in here unexpectantly while killing time and was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't able to take the tour but did my own self guided tour. They can give you a very good map and info at the visit...  more »
  • It's the second Capitol of the country after the one in Washington DC, so you can imagine the grandeur! Beautiful foyer with Dome, mosaics and marble everywhere. There are guided tours every hour, on the hour, except noon.
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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.