If you go to Madison its hard to miss the capitol building and it is worth stopping for a short walking tour. The building is impressive, both is design and execution. The rotunda and the main hall are impressive, as are the grounds outside. Just go walk around, explore the floors and the views. Lately there have been (nearly) constant political protests going on, you can pretty much expect to see some of their (sometimes) nonsense. Stay clear of them! You could find yourself suddenly under arrest. Groups over twenty need a permit to have a protest these days. If any of the houses are in session you can pretty much count on not getting in to see them. But if your just there to see the architecture, then gaze away. If your shooting with a camera you need a tripod, its not the brightest lit building. And, long exposures will blur people and allow some of the subtle colors to come out. Kind of cool. On weekends you can park on the square, during the summer months there is the farmers market on Sat morning. During week days and Sat morning you will have to park off the square, the are ramps just outside the square, pretty much in every direction. After the protests started the hours have changed, early or late it is best to double check the opening and closing times. Its free, so that is good. There is usually (or at least it used to be) only one set of bathrooms open for the public. When someone "HAS TO GO!", you could be in trouble.
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