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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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Madison, Wisconsin
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful building. Access is free and the capitol is definitely a worthwhile destination while in Madison. Love it.

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ROCKFORD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I hopped a Van Galder bus from Rockford and went up to explore one of my favorite smaller cities. The capital is perfect for a walking tour. I went in and joined a free tour. Awesome photo opportunities. Everything you want and need is walking distance. I went mid winter -2 outdoors and it was perfect. This is a must... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Better than Washington capitol. Open all week (check observatory timings) Don't park in the restricted area (bound to tow) Dome is Beautiful.

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North Bend, Oregon
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104 reviews 104 reviews
35 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

with great views from the outside balcony just under the dome. definitely worth the walk up all the stairs! you can see both lakes that practically surround the land that the capitol building sits on. the building is patterned after the US Capitol, just a little shorter. it's my understanding that the city doesn't allow any buildings to be built... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A visit to the State Capitol building is not complete without a trip to the observation deck. From the deck you can take in a 360º view of Madison. It is only accessible by stairs after a certain level but great views once you're up!

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Reedsburg, Wisconsin
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

You won't find many building like this one in Wisconsin actually it pretty much is a one of a kind. It is fun to just walk through the halls and think of all the leaders and sometimes not so great leaders that have walked these hall ways. Almost every design element of this building is majestic including the artwork on... More

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Chicago Ridge, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We walked through the Capitol on a Sunday. We came in one side, took pictures in the rotunda, and walked out the other side. The building is very much like other Capitols I have seen. The dome in the center is beautiful and the stone and marble throughout the building is gorgeous. The fun fact we learned was that the... More

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Ames, Iowa
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is definitely worth a trip when you are in Madison. We did not take the tour, we just walked around the facility. It was absolutely beautiful. There are also elevators, for people unable to use stairs.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The Capitol building is beautiful, both outside and inside. Highly recommend to take a tour guide which is free and excellent.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I highly recommend visiting the capitol if you never have. Also the tour is worth taking as it will take you places inside you either can't get to, or wouldn't find on your own. Great history lesson for the whole family.

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