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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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The capitol building is beautiful. The architecture is interesting and there is some pretty art inside. You can walk through all parts of the building.

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Sooner State
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The capitol building is beautiful. The architecture is interesting and there is some pretty art inside. You can walk through all parts of the building.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful, beautiful! A must see! I was born and raised in Madison and go downtown a lot. The State Capital is amazing. Couple's, families, solo, it's awesome! You won't be disappointed!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful building, and excellent tour. Very simple, no reservations required. Just walk in, and enjoy!

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Georgetown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited and toured the Capitol building. You had the option of taking a scheduled tour or you could just do a self-guided tour (which is what we did). They had many of the areas open to the public, even the balcony around the routunda. We got a great view of Madison from up there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful domed ceiling, 4th floor observatory with amazing views. Unfortunately the museum had just closed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were taking a family vacation at the Wisconsin Dells. On our way back home we decided to go visit Madison Wisconsin. We had been told the architecture of the state capital is beautiful. It is!!! The roads that lead into the state capital coming from both the diagonals as well as north south east and west. The inside of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Despite reading in every source that the State Capital is one of the best sites in Madison to visit, I was still surprised at how really wonderful it is inside. Beautiful marble, magically confusing alleys, stairs and walkways, patterns on the walls, steel detail... One of the upper levels also houses some interesting snippets on the history, such as the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If your travels bring you to Madison, do not fail to include a tour of this wonderful building. We learned that it is the largest of all state capitol buildings, and the art work is stunning. All of the staff and guides are excellent

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Majestic. Truly it is. Amazes me there are government officials that are there with no apparent security. That even made me nervous in this day and age. Educational and historical. Open most days so certainly worth the trip in!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I visited the Madison first time after staying 1+ year in Milwaukee. Before visit I research the attractions and State Capitol was top attraction rightly so. I visited with my wife and we both find it amazing. on Top of that its free to public. I would recommend to all visiting Madison to include Capitol building on top of their... More 

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