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Wisconsin State Capitol

Across from 1 E. Main St., Madison, WI 53703
608-266-0382
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Ranked #3 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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Santa Fe
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Observation platform is wonderful with great views of the city. There is also a history exhibit which is very detailed. Beautiful building with marble throughout and NO metal detectors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is the most beautiful Capitol! I have been to 40 Capitol buildings of the United States, and this is the best I have seen

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Dutchess County, NY
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This building is breath taking. They have an observatory outside so you have beautiful view of Madison. There's no way to get up there unless you do the stairs though.The staff is very nice. The tours were running every hour so we did our own tour. The staff is very friendly. If you like beautiful buildings and architecture you MUST... More

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NY
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Everything is well maintained. The trip to the observation deck is worthwhile. Details are beautiful.

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Greenville, Wisconsin
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86 reviews 86 reviews
31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

You can see this towering beauty from almost any angle upon entering Madison. It is perched up on a hill and is only rivaled by our nation's capitol. The view of the Madison skyline from Lake Monona is breathtaking. Quaint shops and excellent restaurants surround the capitol square. This is a MUST see if you are in Madison.

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Houston, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

If you like state capitol buildings add this to your list. They are all ornate and imposing. This one has been in the news alot with the politics of Wisconsin. Large, no security, easy to stroll through as you are waiting to meet someone downtown.

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phoenix
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We opted not to take the guided tour and walked around by ourselves. I loved that you could go up to the 6th floor and see a display of items from the Capitol that were decades old. Then you could take a spiral staircase up and go outside the rotunda. A great 360 degree view of the city below and... More

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Shropshire
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6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The Capitol building is in excellent decorative order and the opportunity to take impressive photographs of the interior should be taken. We were even given the opportunity to sit in on an ongoing courtroom case by a most welcoming and friendly official. Definitely worth a visit.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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147 reviews 147 reviews
79 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Like most capitols, the building is impressive, lots of marble and wood, a high dome with a statue on top, and four sculptures outside above each directional entry door. On Saturdays the area around the capitol is open for a farmers market, one of the largest in the northern states. Lots of cheese and honey, flowers and vegetables.

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New Jersey
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25 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is a beautiful building that merits more than a peek inside. Exquisite architecture, down to the doorknobs. Lots of nooks and crannies and a gorgeous view of Madison from the top. Hourly tours provide background and history, but even if you don't have time for the complete tour, you are able to look around this fabulous building. Note: There... More

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