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Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison

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Government Building Tourist Spot
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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  • A beautiful example of a capitol. Unfortunately, we arrived before noon on Sunday so we did not get to go out on the outlook level as it was closed. Come after 12 on Sunday to get a great view of the ...  more »
  • We enjoyed visiting the Wisconsin State Capitol. It is very similar in design to our Utah State Capitol! We didn't take a tour, we just walked around on our own. We enjoyed going up in the dome and go...  more »
  • Walked though the capital first time in years after I moved to Texas. Caught part of the tour not those start at the top of the hour. Will come back  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very cool place! Love coming in on John Nolen Drive and seeing the capitol all lit up! Take the tour of the dome!
  • I've been trying to visit all the State Capitals over the past few years and this still rates as my favorite. Architecture inside and out is stunningly designed with the arches around the dome perfectly framing views to other parts of the building. Make sure you get the tour
  • Beautiful Capitol building!! A wonderful place to visit, so much to see you will probably have to come back a few times. Gorgeous stone and wood work. They have a self guided tour you can take and look for hidden secrets, like fossils in the stone of the walls...you can get a pamphlet from the information desk.