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Wisconsin State Capitol

Address: Across from 1 E. Main St., Madison, WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-266-0382
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Ranked #2 of 43 Attractions in Madison
Type: Government Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The majestic Roman Renaissance-style State Capitol has the only granite dome in the U.S. and inside...
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Type: Government Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.

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Istanbul
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137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Wisconsin and Austin State Capitols are two of my favorite state capitols in the States. The dome of Wisconsin State Capitol is gorgeous. It's free to enter and they offer some great tours that are quite educational. All the streets around the capitol end at the capitol which makes it quite unique.

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Pardeeville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The Capitol was beautiful decked out for Christmas. It is a little bit of a maze but you can have a tour to help orient yourself. The tour guide provided detailed information about the Capitol and its different rooms, like the Senate Chamber and Assembly. There are many beautiful paintings as well as beautiful architecture to observe. Well worth it... More 

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Benton, Arkansas
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We walked the grounds of the Capitol and it is unique to see how each street ended at the Capitol and views toward the city or the lakes from the steps of the Capitol.

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Wausau, Wisconsin, United States
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10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

One of our country's beautiful capital buildings! Open to walk through and visit even during non business hours. No charge to walk into and admire the architecture, well worth the time! The view from the floor looking up to the ceiling is beautiful!

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Watertown, Wisconsin
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Great charm and atmosphere is this old building. The dome is awe-inspiring. The building is open to the public so you will see school children, demonstrators, legislators, security officers and just plain old people like us milling around. I've been in the building dozens of times and always enjoy another trip.

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We walked through the state Capitol on our own. You can join tours but we found it easy to get around on the various floors and take our time looking at various aspects of the Capitol. Our favorite part was the dome, gorgeous! It was a Friday and we noticed a number of school groups taking tours, including young schoolchildren... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Nice free tour with lots of information and always something beautiful to see inside. Too bad they can't open access to the top outside viewing areas but safety is obviously a priority.

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Sun Prairi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Christmas tree was awesome. We visit the tree every year. It is so nice to see the childrens ornaments

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Racine, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is a beautiful building patterned after our nation's Capitol building. The wood and windows and balconies are beautiful. The tile and photos are wonderful as well. Inside and out this is a beautiful place to visit with much history.

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Lancaster, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We went to the State Capital for a Field Trip. We did the tour, which was it because you get a better understanding of the building. The other advantage is the building is so big you can get lost. The kids enjoyed learning about the capital. Since we went in the winter we could not go out on the outside... More 

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