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Address: Across from 1 E. Main St., Madison, WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-266-0382
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Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Most people forget that Madison is the Capitol of Wisc. They have guided tours. Have special events on all the time. This is place a judge agree to officiate a marriage. Much... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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Verona, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Most people forget that Madison is the Capitol of Wisc. They have guided tours. Have special events on all the time. This is place a judge agree to officiate a marriage. Much nicer then in court room. Not only there is tons of artwork, the building it self is piece of art. Also you can learn the history behind this... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

It really is worth the free tour if you have an hour or two to spend downtown. The Capitol itself is lovely. Local legend states that builders were told to stop increasing the size of the building because "no state capitol can be larger than the nation's." The gold rotunda is beautiful -- both inside and out. Be sure to... More 

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Zhuhai, China
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47 reviews 47 reviews
35 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We took the 10 O'Clock tour, which was free from the main desk. The lady was very informative, and explained the history of the building, it's reason for being here, and the development of the local area in the time of the first construction. We visited each level and the relevant rooms, Supreme Court, the Senate room, debating chambers, and... More 

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Love the architectural building. The grand lobby has beautiful marble and murals. Worth climbing all the steps. If you go on Saturdays, there is a farmer's market set up around the capital. Wonder down State street for food and shopping.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

The architecture and mosaics are beautiful, you feel the history as you walk in the door. If you're lucky you may see your elected officials and don't be shy to stop in and say hello. Give them a little advice as they may be too close to the forest to see the trees.

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South Bend, IN
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

You've got two touring options -- free guided tours, or you can pick up a self-guided tour flyer at the desk. The guided tours include more, however youngest doesn't tolerate that sort of thing well so we just got a flyer and wandered around a bit. Beautiful paintings, mosaics, and statuary, and the write ups aren't bad.

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Osceola, Wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The atmosphere, the history, the knowledge gathered ! Our state home. We all should visit! The beauty and the symbolism of the possibilities for all!

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Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is one of the best state houses I have ever been inside! Of course, its dome is an important part of the Madison skyline, but I highly recommend that you go inside - enter into the main rotunda, and then look up!! There are glass mosaics, and a painting that will remind anyone of Rome! My favorite detail is... More 

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Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Loved the free tour and kids really enjoyed hearing about the history of it. They are pretty little, so we weren't sure how it would be. Had a great time!

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Canton
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Our daughter's friend worked for a senator so we were able to see Madison from the top. It is such a gorgeous building. So worth the time to check it out!

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