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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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  • Wi State Capital is designed after the US Capital. It has been completely renovated and it is beautiful and filled with WI History. It is the most beautiful state capital in the US. Visiters come from...  more »
  • If you are in Madison for any length of time, you really need to tour the Capitol. Well worth the time. Best to visit the tourist desk on the main floor rotunda area for details of tours. 
  • The state Capitol is a frequent landmark for us to visit. My 3 and 4 year old live it because it is wide open and awe inspiring. A visit to our representative gets us a coloring book and once in awhil...  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.