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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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Beautiful building both inside and outside

If you're ever in Madison, I highly recommend visiting the State Capitol, and definitely take the tour. If possible, don't try to explore it on your own, as with the tour you will... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're ever in Madison, I highly recommend visiting the State Capitol, and definitely take the tour. If possible, don't try to explore it on your own, as with the tour you will hear a lot about its history, and you will gain access to the rooms that otherwise may be locked. The tours are free, and ours took abut... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Be sure to plan a visit to Wisconsin's State Capital. It's all free. Take a tour and/or go on your own to the observation area on 4th floor both outside for fabulous city views of the lakes and indoors for a great history exhibit of WI and the capital. The indoor observation deck lets you see the rotunda with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the most beautiful of all state capitals. Modeled on the national capitol in Washington DC it has been recently restored to its majestic splendor. Free tours offered daily leave from the rotunda. Great views of the city from the observation decks in the dome. The people of Wisconsin invested wisely in this tribute to the State.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful,beautiful, Beautiful and did I say Beautiful. There was no expense spared in this building. Look for yourself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an excellent place to visit while in the city. Easy access, easy to navigate on your own. There are also regular tours. You can clim to the top and get great views of the skyline.

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Colonial Heights, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great place to walk around when it's too hot to do anything else! We enjoyed the self directed tour, and the architecture and original furnishings were impressive. We went to the walk around the dome and took several panoramic pictures of the view. We could see our daughter's apartment building, situated on the isthmus between Lakes Mendota... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Needed a place to take a 8 1/2 and 6 1/2 year old to kill some time. They thought the "domed building" was "soooo cool" and loved all the stairs and hallways they could explore. We went up to the observatory where they could see Madison. Overall a great place to explore for adults and children. I think it is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The building is open to visitors. It is a classically designed structure with an impressive dome. It is worth a look!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This building is free to visit and has all the grandeur that you would hope for in a state capitol building. The large dome, artistic details and artworks are lovely to look at. Climb the various stairs and take a look at the art from different vantage points.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of us took a walk up to the dome to take a look around the city. It had a very nice view. RIch in history, it explained very clearly. I enjoyed reading it.

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