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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  • October 4, 2017
    A fascinating glimpse of American civic architecture at the start of the 20th century. Blah blah blah  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Nice building, my kids liked walking around it. They loved going up and down the stairs. The building can be easy to get lost in but great art work.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    My husband and I visited that capital last year during the holidays. The capital is always beautiful with its marble floors, dark wood and amazing rotunda, but it is especially lovely during the holid...  more »
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  • June 13, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    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.
  • April 1, 2017
    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.
  • July 8, 2017
    Love the fact that you can wander the building exploring. Great way to blow an hour unless there's protesters...
  • July 9, 2017
    Amazing architecture I can never get enough! Always kept up. Only bad thing is it closes at 6

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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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