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Wisconsin State Capitol

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Address: Across from 1 E. Main St., Madison, WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-266-0382
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Description: The majestic Roman Renaissance-style State Capitol has the only granite...
The majestic Roman Renaissance-style State Capitol has the only granite dome in the U.S. and inside has over 40 different types of stone from around the world as well as murals and handmade furniture. The observation deck, open in the summer, offers views of the city and surrounding lakes. Capitol Square plays host to state events throughout the year including Farmers Markets and Folk Festivals.
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Beautiful Architecture, Free Self-Guided Tours

This used to be a great free attraction in Madison, with nice guided tours and a fabulous view of Madison from the top. Now, because of Governor Walker, they sometimes have issue... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This used to be a great free attraction in Madison, with nice guided tours and a fabulous view of Madison from the top. Now, because of Governor Walker, they sometimes have issue with the free people wandering through the building. You may be asked to empty your belongings for a search, there are occasional bomb threats because everyone hates Walker,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

If you are traveling through Madison then its worth to spend 2 hrs to see Capital Building. Great History behind building marble - granite structure and contribution made from folks. It's really nice to take look of different four sections in Building interior , forward statues and significance. You will get really nice information about building and overall History behind... More 

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Northwestern Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Big, beautiful, historical building. Spent a lot of time climbing all the marble stairs and seeing the different wings. Joined a tour in the office of the governor for a little while and learned a lot about this history in an absolutely beautiful room where state documents are signed. Unbelievably gorgeous dome!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Always a really neat place to visit but going there at Christmas time is the best; seeing the decorated Christmas and hearing the singing and playing of Christmas music is always really special with the family .

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Province of Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

ive lived in wisconsin all my life and i finally saw the capitol for the first time 2 yrs ago with my children. We went again just this month and i was still just as impressed with it as I was the first time. Its quite a beautiful building, the work and detail inside is magnificent!

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Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I ventured here while we were taking the taste and sights of Madison. It was a really hot day, so we were happy to escape the heat and humidity in the wonderfully air conditioned state capital. The craftsmanship is wonderfully maintained and the option to walk around and explore on your own is always a plus for... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A must see for a wonderful historical experience all while walking. Near the children's and Veteran's museum as well!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Went here on a casual tour and it was very interesting to see all of the architecture, art, and history.

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madison, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Free to the public! It is definitely a treat in the middle of college town! Beautiful when the Christmas tree is in the Rotunda, and really any other time of the year as well. Restaurants abound all around the Capitol square.

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Marietta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Go see the capitol for the history or the architecture, both are very interesting. The interior of the capitol is beautiful, and the observation deck offers great views of the surrounding areas.

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