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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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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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Free & Fun

FREE tour, available on Saturdays and Sundays! I believe it is also open to tours during the week. A small table in the main vestibule has Wisconsin souveneirs and free... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

FREE tour, available on Saturdays and Sundays! I believe it is also open to tours during the week. A small table in the main vestibule has Wisconsin souveneirs and free encyclopedic "Blue Books", which describe detailed demographics about the Badger State. The architecture of this c. 1916 structure is amazingly ornate, with murals and stone from around the world! Be... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I was disappointed after reading a lot of reviews about the beautiful views from the observation deck when I was told that they couldn't get anyone to shovel the snow so the deck is closed during the winter. I enjoyed walking around the building, and there was a nice display of art from Madison students, but didn't get the tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I'm honestly not a huge "history buff" but this place was really amazing to see. Beautiful, ornate, so much history -- plus within walking distance of many delicious restaurants, awesome pubs, and fun shops!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I've been here several times. The tours are free. The best part is going up to the top of the observation deck and walking around on the outside and you don't have to go on the tour to experience this. Best views of Madison.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Easily one of the most beautiful state capitol buildings, Wisconsin's State Capitol is a huge source of pride for any Wisconsinite. It is especially nice to visit on a Saturday morning in the summer when the Madison Farmer's Market circles around the capitol lawn.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Incredible architecture. The first time I walked in and saw the dome, it was truly amazing. If you have time I would definitely recommend the tour. In the summer, make sure you go up to the outdoor observation deck that over looks the city with 360 degree views. Great place to take the kids and explore the building. If you... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Absolutely worth your time if you're in Madison! Spend 15 minutes or 4 hours. You HAVE to walk to the middle of the main floor rotunda and look up. 2nd tallest dome in the US. Liberty on the outside top of the dome faces Washington, DC. Enjoy the amazing mozaics, the marble from all over, the clever clear tiles that... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Beautiful architecture, laid back atmosphere. Impressive and awe inspiring. Could use a little more historical narrative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My granddaughters enjoyed the zoo on a hot summer day. Mom, girls, and grandmother had a wonderful time. Your family will too.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Come visit our Capitol and City. The best time to visit is summer or fall and make sure you can stay for Saturday Farmers Market!

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