Wisconsin State Capitol
Wisconsin State Capitol
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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  • MrsPsPicks
    Butler, Pennsylvania485 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    We stopped in for a short visit, and made our way to the very top outdoor observation deck. The view was worth it! And then we were treated to an inside look at the dome by one of the museum staff, who was eager to give lots of helpful advice for tourists visiting Madison for the first time.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • patlv23
    Winnipeg, Canada962 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Finally got to stop here
    Several times I've wanted to stop here but just didn't have a lot of time. Finally had a chance to take a stroll around the perimeter. It's an interesting capitol building where you're not quite sure where the front is (maybe there is none). There was some renovation going on but nothing too bad. We were able to find street pay parking immediately but one with a very short time limit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • NemoTraveler
    Aarhus, Denmark703 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour
    The Wisconsin State Capitol is situated in downtown Madison. It is a nice area with green trees and great views of the beautiful building. Free tours are available from 9.00 on the hour and our guide did a great job, making our tour really interesting and memorable.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • ktbeenthere2015
    New York City, New York267 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    capitol experience
    The capitol is a grand start to an exploration of Madison. The tour points out the relevant symbols and artifacts throughout the building as well as the structure and design. After reading some reviews below, we did not climb to the viewpoint - in fact no one mentioned it when we were there. So, maybe ask for it? We took the guided tour which we appreciated when noting details that are hidden in a painting. If you enjoy touring capitols, don't miss this one.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Cello12345
    Urbana, Illinois700 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Self-guided tour
    We enjoyed being able to enter the building and just look around. The architecture is fascinating, grand - and complicated. Do make sure to get up to the observation deck if you can handle lots of stairs - and check out the 6th floor museum that is laid out in a circle.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Kathrin S
    Portland, Oregon697 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building in a peaceful setting.
    We spent a lovely morning wandering about the capitol building. There was a farmer's market, and a cheese festival going on which was fun. The capitol was pretty to walk around in, but we were so excited that we could walk to the top of the building too. There is a big terrace all the way around for 360 views of Madison. Highly recommend it on a sunny day!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 15, 2023
  • dambanker
    Toronto, Canada1,749 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views from the top
    They got me on this one... I normally prefer the self guided tours but as a group was just leaving I was persuaded to join. They have access to a couple of rooms that you don't on your own such as the governors office, which I wanted to see. The tour was very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable. I made it through most of the tour and then went on my own way as I was running short on time. I headed upstairs to the museum and of course the terrace around the outside of the dome. Overall it was very interesting I enjoyed learning about the red granite and the origins of the name Wisconsin. Do make sure to touch the badger's nose outside the governor's office for good luck and don't miss the terrace... the views are great from there. One of the more interesting capitol buildings, highly recommend visiting here.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 21, 2023
  • Jim T
    Austin, Texas1,161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Capitol
    We were here just after Thanksgiving and saw the ginormous Christmas Tree in the rotunda. The tree was named 'Frank' for some reason. There are free tours offered at the top of the hour. There is virtually no security compared to the Texas Capitol, for instance. It's one of the biggest and best Capitol buildings in the country. Worth a visit, no matter how short.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 5, 2023
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caprod
Porto Alegre, RS47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Wisconsin State Capitol impresses from the outside and the inside equally. It is visible from anywhere downtown as a white, overwhelming structure that gives a beautiful sense of classicism. The inside is full of grandeur and Roman inspiration, as well as plenty of hidden details that show the intricate planning involving in creating such a place. One can learn a lot about the history of Wisconsin in this place.
Written January 13, 2020
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StayingHappy
Chicago, IL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
If you are in Madison, WI the Capital is a MUST see. It is beautiful inside and out. It is designated a National Historic Landmark, the capitol building sits right in the middle of the city where everything is walking distance from the Capital square it sits on. It is decorated beautifully for the Christmas holidays. The building is just a beautiful majestic building that everyone will find something to love about it!
Written January 2, 2020
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Larry B
Lawrenceville, GA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We are on a 70-day road trip. This is the 10th capitol building we have seen in 42 days. Arriving just before the 1:00 pm scheduled tour, we were met by the tour hostess who clued us in on seeing a part of the capitol that would not be on the tour. It was actually outside the building on the circular walkway around the outside of the dome, with a great view of the city. The building itself is one of the prettiest we have seen in our travels, thanks in part to its recent renovations. Whether you are from Wisconsin, or from Florida (as we are) the history of the capitol building and a small taste of the history of Madison will enlighten you to the richness of this state and in the making of our nation.
Written August 7, 2021
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TorontoCity
Toronto, Canada73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We had an extremely good guided tour of the building with an very knowledgeable docent. We had the pleasure of speaking to her while waiting for the tour. We were amazed how she managed to control the children during the tour - a ‘child whisperer’.

The building is stunning in its design and its use of stone and scale. Amazing to walk the halls, then to stop and look up.

As a Canadian I’ve noted many times that we simply do not exalt our heritage the way Americans do despite the richness of our history. They do it better.

Great job, our many thanks to the Governor and his staff.
Written March 4, 2020
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drmarkstravels
Rochester, MN99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Wisconsin State Capital area was boarded up for several blocks around the capital. It is obvious that rioters and looting had taken place and several business were now closed. For Labor Day weekend this was disappointing.

The building is beautiful from the outside but during the pandemic we could not go inside. It appears that the governor had not protected the businesses int he area but that the State Capital grounds were keptt safe.
Written September 7, 2020
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Cathy P
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We started by being totally surprised that we were welcomed in without the typical bag search, waiting in line etc. Everyone working here made us feel so welcome. We did the self-guided tour since there were many school groups there and we would have to wait quite awhile to get a tour guide. But still, any questions we had were answered by staff. Don't forget to climb the stairs to the observation deck. The view is incredible from the deck. The rotunda is magnificent.
Written May 3, 2022
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Jim G
Saint Louis, MO717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I enjoy touring state capitols so I indulged my appetites while in Madison on business.

Our guide, Diane, took us through several of the interesting rooms, including the
governor’s ceremonial office, the Supreme Court’s courtroom and a legislative chamber.

Her enthusiastic talk pointed out easy to miss features and tied the artwork into
Wisconsin’s history. Of particular interest are the many fossils visible in walls and
floors. Do not miss the view from the outside of the dome. The scens of Madison, land and lakes, are outstanding.

During a previous tour I concluded that Wisconsin has the most beautiful interior of any state capitol that I have toured, and this one confirmed that opinion.
Written July 10, 2022
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Vicki69072
Saint Paul, MN101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
You can do a self-tour or a guided tour (about 45 minutes) - The guided tour takes you into a few locked areas including the Governors Conference room as well as the Senate and House chambers. Lots of fun trivia and information about the capital building itself and the history behind it. We were hoping to be able to get to either the inside overlook or the outside one, but it was not available in February.
Written February 29, 2020
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LiketoeatCincinnati
Cincinnati, OH2,449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is one of the largest state houses that we have visited and with very ornate interior. We were able to park on street with metered parking a couple of blocks away. Be careful to remember which door you go into since the interior is circular and you can easily get confused.
Written April 26, 2023
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jossy
Madison, WI4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
the inside of the building has beautiful architecture, and is very spacious and filled with things to explore. there is also a balcony on the top floor that gives you a stunning view of the madison isthmus and the entire city. I highly recommend going here if you are fond of
Written January 18, 2023
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