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Wisconsin State Capitol

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Address: Across from 1 E. Main St., Madison, WI 53703
Phone Number: +1 608-266-0382
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 18:00
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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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I love that this gorgeous building is so accessible. No guarded entry, no admission, just stroll in and enjoy the scenery. The tour is great, but it's also fun to just wander the... read more

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love that this gorgeous building is so accessible. No guarded entry, no admission, just stroll in and enjoy the scenery. The tour is great, but it's also fun to just wander the marble hallways and gaze up at the spectacular dome. Don't miss the outdoor observation deck for 360° views of the downtown isthmus and surrounding lakes. Bathrooms and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took a small tour leading to the observation deck and were very impressed by how accessible this capital is to the people. It has very neat views of the lakes. Very nice tour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Inside is beautiful. You can go upstairs and see Madison from the terrace. You also can have a view of the lake.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So much history. The vew at the top is beautiful and the architecture is fabulous. Absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend taking the tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very festive market place surrounded the state capital. Farmers market was very crowded but lots of cultural and things to see and do.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison is one of the most beautiful in the country.....during the day or @ night. During the Christmas holiday, a magnificent tree adorns the rotunda. During the spring, summer or fall, the Capitol grounds are host to an expansive farmer's market on Saturday mornings.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Wisconsin Capitol building is so similar to the US Capitol that a promotional picture on a DC website recently mistakenly used a picture of this building instead of the national capitol. Ironically the Wisconsin dome, though smaller in volume is actually taller. This is a truly gorgeous building. If you are a resident of Wisconsin and have never been... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hadn't been there in more than 10 years. We didn't know there is an observation area on the roof. Don't go when school trips could be happening. Too much flatulence in the air and noisy kids screaming.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although we did not tour the building, we did visit at night on a gorgeous evening and the building just added to the atmosphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being a public building this means anyone can go inside. The place is immaculately clean. We were told the marble, which quite literally covers the place, came form different counties and places including Greece, Italy and France. There is also a liberty bell inside, as seen on the film National Treasure. The building is still used with court sessions taking... More 

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