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Wisconsin State Capitol

Across from 1 E. Main St., Madison, WI 53703
+1 608-266-0382
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Outstanding architecture--and quite a view!

Most state capitols look alike, but this one is a little different. Its dome rises above an... read more

Reviewed yesterday
West Lafayette, Indiana
Beautiful state capital

Enjoyed just looking at outside of capital, and hanging out on the lawn during the Farmers Market... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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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Across from 1 E. Main St., Madison, WI 53703
+1 608-266-0382

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Reviewed yesterday

Most state capitols look alike, but this one is a little different. Its dome rises above an unusual X-shaped building. Inside exhibits tell the story of the state, and are surrounded by some outstanding decoration. Don't miss the elevator to the walkway around the dome,...More

Thank Hoosiercritic
Reviewed 2 days ago

Enjoyed just looking at outside of capital, and hanging out on the lawn during the Farmers Market. One of the nicest, cleanest and beautifully designed capital I have seen.

Thank 777sherip
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Pretty interesting being able to walk inside and look around. Went up to the observation deck and had some great views of down town Madison. Worth the time to see

Thank Kenneth D
Reviewed 1 week ago

very impressive construction with beautiful artwork and beautiful construction from corner to corner. great for the entire family. beautiful views and beautiful things to see in this awesome constructed building. kid friendly. a must to see

Thank debra n
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is impressive when you are walking toward it from the street. But once inside even more so. We took the tour and our guide really knew a lot. We were impressed with the restoration that had been done. Paintings on the ceiling, marble, beautiful...More

Thank Diane P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the capital very much.Beautiful paintings and architecture. Make sure you look around everywhere hidden gems in every area of this building. Make sure you go to information desk, they have a booklet on the history of the capital.

Thank CJTom
Reviewed 1 week ago

With a dome only slightly smaller than that of the U.S. capitol (perhaps looking even bigger because of the building's very advantageous hilltop location), the Wisconsin capitol is very impressive from the outside. It is just as impressive on the inside as well with some...More

Thank interceptpubs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful example of a capitol. Unfortunately, we arrived before noon on Sunday so we did not get to go out on the outlook level as it was closed. Come after 12 on Sunday to get a great view of the city and lakes.

Thank Nancy K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed visiting the Wisconsin State Capitol. It is very similar in design to our Utah State Capitol! We didn't take a tour, we just walked around on our own. We enjoyed going up in the dome and going outside for a view of Madison....More

Thank neh11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked though the capital first time in years after I moved to Texas. Caught part of the tour not those start at the top of the hour. Will come back

Thank txpackerfan10
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Are you able to bring a backpack inside the capitol building? What about a DSLR camera?
21 May 2017|
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Response from TravelerVG27 | Reviewed this property |
We went in the summer and were not searched, but it was during recess time.
(The tours are free and last just under an hour!)
8 November 2015|
Response from auradain | Reviewed this property |
The rotunda has been open for several days now. No more "Do Not Enter" tape, no barriers. Just walk right in and take in the unexpected beauty of this amazing building.