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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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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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Tour, fossils, and stairs

Short and sweet - take the tour, inquire about the fossil hunt at the front desk, and take the stairs up to the outside viewpoints.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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59 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Short and sweet - take the tour, inquire about the fossil hunt at the front desk, and take the stairs up to the outside viewpoints.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The capital is a wonderful place as long as Scott Walker our idiot governor is not in the building. no charge to walk around and take in the beautiful sights

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This 110 year old state capital building, in particular the rotunda is on par with the US capital building. Granite and marble adorn impressive symbol of state government. Take a guided tour will the friendly and knowledgeable staff. Do not leave Madison without touring this masterpiece that would cost 2 Billion to rebuild (according to tour guide).

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Stoughton, Wisconsin
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the guided tour and it was exceptionally informative and interesting! We learned a lot about the building and about Wisconsin history also. We would highly recommend taking the your and seeing this fascinating building if you are in the area! !

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Omaha, Nebraska
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited during Food festival time(Saturday morning) and it was heavily crowded. The standing podium (glass) on the fourth floor was awesome to see the murals & marble architecture inside. We did not take tour though, just wandered around and climbed few stairs to the observation deck. The views on all four sides was pretty on a sunny day. Its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Missed the guided tour by 10 minutes and would have had to wait about 2 hours for the next one, but the gentleman at the tour desk gave us a pamphlet for a self guided tour. The observation deck is great with lots of historical information. Very interesting place to visit.

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on a very busy Saturday. A military "Commission" was in session upon our arrival. We found out that the Marines who achieved a promotion, go throught a Commission. There were at least 50 Marines dressed iin their finest uniforms along with significant others, friends and family. They had a formal ceremony and then a dinner and reception to follow... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Capitol building is the most recognizable building in Madison. Everything about it is so beautiful. Make sure you look up at the dome once you are inside! Even better, take a tour of the Capitol! There is so much history surrounding it that is great to know!

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Little Elm, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we take our family road trips we try to hit the state capitol of every state we travel to. While we typically do not take tours of the inside, mostly for the sake of time, we do try to walk the grounds and learn some of the history that typically adorns each of the grounds. The Wisconsin capitol is... More 

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Smithland, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our #21st capitol to actually tour and it ranks very high on our list of most beautiful. It was almost all granite and marble inside. The layout was interesting, yet confusing. It was easy to get turned around because every wing was the same. The senate was in session, at recess while we were in the building, but... More 

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