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Wisconsin State Capitol

Across from 1 E. Main St., Madison, WI 53703
608-266-0382
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Ranked #2 of 52 attractions in Madison
Type: Government Buildings
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Sydney, Australia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Out of the 3 Capitol buildings I've visited (D.C, Austin and this one), this is simply spectacular. Unlike Austin, there's no security checks to go through, and the building was a welcome haven from the humid, warm weather outside. You can actually go through quite a few levels, and even up a narrow spiral staircase on to the roof terrace,... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW via mobile

Absolutely spell bounding. The place is amazing. A marble and granite monument to civil governance. Absolutely stunning. The tour is humorous and light hearted but also very informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Fantastic. There is easy access. Though there are staff members everywhere they are unobtrusive yet helpful when needed. This is truly a beautiful old building. I visited with my 9 year old son and he had a ball. He had to take pictures and pose everywhere in the building. There is an outdoor observation deck that surrounds the dome; definitely... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is a beautiful, classic building that holds it's position on the square and as a State Capitol Building. A great visit. You must lay on your back and look up at the dome. Also try to take the tour and get outside of the dome for a wonderful panoramic view.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Was a student in the early 70's, State Street was mostly boarded up. Today, the street is lovely! Can't wait for the Art Fair on the square!

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Bauru, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

a hystoric place. a treasure that gives the city a great look. And it's been a peacefull place to walk around

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Beautiful capitol. Observation deck on the fourth (?) floor. Good, but limited, view of the lakes (views limited by buildings around the capitol). Nice tours. We were their on a Saturday, and they have frequent tours. I have visited all 50 capitols, and this was one of the better tours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Nice curvy drive down by a lake or river to the capitol building at night ...buildings were unique and unusual and capitol was awesome.. very enjoyable..

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

You can walk through the building. You can even walk up to the dome-level and walk on the "roof" It's really cool. The grounds are great. The building is beautiful. There's plenty to do around the Capitol building!

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

First, coming from DC, it's weird how you can just walk into the Capitol. No lines, no waiting, no metal detectors. AND THEN you get to lay on the ground and stare at the rotunda?! How cool. The decor was my favorite - it reminded me of the early 20th century which I just love.

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