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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
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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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Great view from the top

We walked around a bit and made our way to the top outer deck. Amazing views of the city! It was a very hot weekend but the breeze was great up there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We walked around a bit and made our way to the top outer deck. Amazing views of the city! It was a very hot weekend but the breeze was great up there.

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Thank Krysti B
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My hometown is Madison and I have always loved the Capitol. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and is open to all

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Thank Mary Lu A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Without getting political, I can tell you that the building itself is a beautiful sight and a must see for anyone visiting. Unfortunately the upper levels and outside walkway is closed during the winter. That being said it is still a very nice place to see. Don't forget to touch the bronze badger's nose for good luck.

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Thank Matthew M
Waunakee, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great historical site - make sure to take a tour when you are there . The tour guide enhances the experience and answers your questions. As good as the US Capital AND a lot easier to get into. (plus not under renovation)

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Thank MikeRipp
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Open to the public, beautiful artwork in the center dome. Be sure to look for the fossils in the marble stairs. Lots of history inside

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my son Friday mid-day and our first experience of Madison and the Capital was one we won't forget. The architecture and quality of the Capital building went above our expectations. We decided to take the free tour and we learned a lot about WI history and saw areas within the building we didn't know we could see. Highly recommend... More 

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Wisconsin State Capitol building is an absolute must-see attraction while in Madison. The murals throughout the building are ornate, and their original brilliance shines through following the restoration in the beginning of the 20th century. The building also offers an incredible amount of history as well as current import for our everyday lives. I recommend a visit for all... More 

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Thank yonk0014
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For years I took senior high school students to NYC and Washington DC. To start the trip we would stop in Madison to tour the capital building. That way they could compare and contrast with the national buildings along the Mall. The WI capital is as good as anything there.

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Madison
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. Anytime is the right time to take a leisurely stroll up State Street and keep right on going up the steps into this majestic and historical building. Multi-level artistic rendition adorn the interior and the bridgework stairwells lend authenticity to the baroque interior.

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the State Capital building is a must see if you visit Madison. It is a beautiful structure inside and out. There are a ton of little quaint shops all around. If you love cheese there is a great cheese shop called for Fromagination.

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