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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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Oak Park, Illinois
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143 reviews 143 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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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North Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

I was in the area on a very busy Saturday. There is a farmers market around the capital building, as well as a small crafts market. I only had time to walk in and take a look at the impressive dome. I understand that there are tours available.

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Briarcliff Manor, NY
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The state capital building is quite beautiful on both the outside and the inside. It is an imposing structure from outside, remarkably photogenic. Inside the main hall has a beautiful rotunda which is the highlight of the building. Well worth a trip.

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Long Island
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

They don't build them like this anymore - beautiful executed craftmanship at every turn of this magnificent structure. Even if you only have a few minutes in Madison, a walk through is a must! through is a must, even if you have just a few minutes in Madison, a walk through is a must!!

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Wow, what a building from the outside. Like you are in DC. We walked into the building and it is really nice. If you like the look and feel of DC buildings, you'll love visiting the capitol. Free, of course, to walk in and check things out.

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Stockton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We have been to Madison often but never took the time to tour the capital bdg. it was magnificent. The view from the upper deck is breath taking.

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Beautiful building both inside and out. There are free tours offered almost hourly from 9AM to 4PM The tours are very informative both historically and artistically. There is an outside viewing deck at the base of the dome accessible to the public, weather permitting. You can see much of Madison from this vantage point. You will not be disappointed!!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a must see site, inside & outside. Well preserved & beautiful. My husband and I married inside during the winter of 2012 and we have uniquely magnificent pictures from the inside. I have been there several times now and I always find something new to look at. The flower gardens around the building are stunning & a great... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Gorgeous and visible from anywhere on campus. Amazing to look at while hanging out on State Street, it has such a fun but formal vibe, and tours are free daily!

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