Wisconsin State Capitol

Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison

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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TAP647
Chicago, IL354 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Free tour is informative and interesting. Architecture and art is breathtaking. A gem and worth a visit. A nice way to spend 60-90 minutes.
Written December 22, 2021
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Kathy H
Saint Louis, MO235 contributions
Nov 2021
Very friendly guided tours. And you can go up unescorted to the fourth floor and out onto the balcony. An incredible building, far above anything being built today.
Written November 12, 2021
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Harry V
Holland, MI47 contributions
Nov 2021
Great example of consolidated branches of state government in single building. Be sure to take the free tour. Informative of not only structure history, but that of Wisconsin as well.
Written November 7, 2021
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Ted M
Beaver Falls, PA8 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
What a beautiful place. It’s a remarkable structure and it’s easy to take a tour. Highly recommended.
Written October 30, 2021
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JoeBenevides
Fresno, CA340 contributions
Sep 2021
Visitors are allowed to wander around unsupervised, but the legislative chambers and galleries were closed to the public.
Written October 13, 2021
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Chuck2010
Palmyra, PA2,575 contributions
Sep 2021
Highly recommend a visit to the awesome building as well as taking the time to do a free guided tour of the capitol with a docent guide. We visited during a when the building was not in session. It made the visit very casual and quiet. Was pleased with the required Covid precautions in the building. You can walk the building but the tour is well done.

Impressed not only with the guide but the use of personal audio receivers and headphones that each person is given for the tour. This allows yo to hear the masked guide very well and keep decent social distancing with the group. You get to enter all the meeting rooms and learn about the history of the building and the operation.
Written September 20, 2021
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Ariadna Buj
Bogota, Colombia66 contributions
Sep 2021
This place is a nice attraction. You can go see the skyline of Madison, both lakes, Mendota, and Monona. Also, you can learn some history about Madison, urban history, and some other very interesting stuff.
Written September 18, 2021
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Sharon G
Warrenville180 contributions
Aug 2021
We did a self tour which was easy and informative with the information provided at the reception. The architecture and the rooms were stunning. Many state capitals have interesting grounds outside the building, but this state did not.
Written September 10, 2021
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norskies
Charlottesville, VA1,146 contributions
Jul 2021
We were surprised to find the building open. So nice to be able to go in and see how lovely the place is. Be aware that not all the doors may be open.
Written August 9, 2021
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Larry B
7 contributions
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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Wisconsin State Capitol is open:
  • Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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