Wisconsin State Capitol
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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  • NemoTraveler
    Aarhus, Denmark711 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour
    The Wisconsin State Capitol is situated in downtown Madison. It is a nice area with green trees and great views of the beautiful building. Free tours are available from 9.00 on the hour and our guide did a great job, making our tour really interesting and memorable.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • ktbeenthere2015
    New York City, New York265 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    capitol experience
    The capitol is a grand start to an exploration of Madison. The tour points out the relevant symbols and artifacts throughout the building as well as the structure and design. After reading some reviews below, we did not climb to the viewpoint - in fact no one mentioned it when we were there. So, maybe ask for it? We took the guided tour which we appreciated when noting details that are hidden in a painting. If you enjoy touring capitols, don't miss this one.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Cello12345
    Urbana, Illinois737 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Self-guided tour
    We enjoyed being able to enter the building and just look around. The architecture is fascinating, grand - and complicated. Do make sure to get up to the observation deck if you can handle lots of stairs - and check out the 6th floor museum that is laid out in a circle.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Kathrin S
    Portland, Oregon706 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building in a peaceful setting.
    We spent a lovely morning wandering about the capitol building. There was a farmer's market, and a cheese festival going on which was fun. The capitol was pretty to walk around in, but we were so excited that we could walk to the top of the building too. There is a big terrace all the way around for 360 views of Madison. Highly recommend it on a sunny day!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 October 2023
  • dambanker
    Toronto, Canada1,751 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views from the top
    They got me on this one... I normally prefer the self guided tours but as a group was just leaving I was persuaded to join. They have access to a couple of rooms that you don't on your own such as the governors office, which I wanted to see. The tour was very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable. I made it through most of the tour and then went on my own way as I was running short on time. I headed upstairs to the museum and of course the terrace around the outside of the dome. Overall it was very interesting I enjoyed learning about the red granite and the origins of the name Wisconsin. Do make sure to touch the badger's nose outside the governor's office for good luck and don't miss the terrace... the views are great from there. One of the more interesting capitol buildings, highly recommend visiting here.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Jim T
    Austin, Texas1,161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Capitol
    We were here just after Thanksgiving and saw the ginormous Christmas Tree in the rotunda. The tree was named 'Frank' for some reason. There are free tours offered at the top of the hour. There is virtually no security compared to the Texas Capitol, for instance. It's one of the biggest and best Capitol buildings in the country. Worth a visit, no matter how short.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 December 2023
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KaraXYZ
New York City, NY145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We’ve visited more than 30 state capitols and this is one of the best - gorgeous building and very good tour guide. Just check out these great photos.
Written 6 March 2024
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Mags boy S
Navarre, FL411 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The architecture here is amazing. Friendly staff and easy to read tour map. Great location as well. Would highly recommend and go back if in area. God bless this capital.
Written 2 February 2024
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Jim T
Austin, TX1,161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We were here just after Thanksgiving and saw the ginormous Christmas Tree in the rotunda. The tree was named 'Frank' for some reason. There are free tours offered at the top of the hour. There is virtually no security compared to the Texas Capitol, for instance. It's one of the biggest and best Capitol buildings in the country. Worth a visit, no matter how short.
Written 5 December 2023
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dambanker
Toronto, Canada1,751 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
They got me on this one... I normally prefer the self guided tours but as a group was just leaving I was persuaded to join. They have access to a couple of rooms that you don't on your own such as the governors office, which I wanted to see. The tour was very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable. I made it through most of the tour and then went on my own way as I was running short on time. I headed upstairs to the museum and of course the terrace around the outside of the dome. Overall it was very interesting I enjoyed learning about the red granite and the origins of the name Wisconsin. Do make sure to touch the badger's nose outside the governor's office for good luck and don't miss the terrace... the views are great from there.

One of the more interesting capitol buildings, highly recommend visiting here.
Written 21 October 2023
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Kathrin S
Portland, OR706 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We spent a lovely morning wandering about the capitol building. There was a farmer's market, and a cheese festival going on which was fun. The capitol was pretty to walk around in, but we were so excited that we could walk to the top of the building too. There is a big terrace all the way around for 360 views of Madison. Highly recommend it on a sunny day!
Written 15 October 2023
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Cello12345
Urbana, IL737 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed being able to enter the building and just look around. The architecture is fascinating, grand - and complicated. Do make sure to get up to the observation deck if you can handle lots of stairs - and check out the 6th floor museum that is laid out in a circle.
Written 15 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Leonard K
Washington DC, DC375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Our tour guide was informed, insightful, and an absolute delight to be with. You'll learn a lot about the state's (and nation's) history in the process. Enjoy!
Written 3 September 2023
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Emily Lee
66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
One of the most beautiful capitol buildings I've ever seen! It's nice that it's open for people to walk through and enjoy the beauty and architecture. I've been here twice and would definitely go again.
Written 15 August 2023
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macsterling
Vienna, VA1,460 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
It is really nice to see a capitol building open to the public - we went on a Saturday during the Farmers Market. Pay attention to all the artistic details and you will not be disappointed.
Written 29 July 2023
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ktbeenthere2015
New York City, NY265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The capitol is a grand start to an exploration of Madison. The tour points out the relevant symbols and artifacts throughout the building as well as the structure and design. After reading some reviews below, we did not climb to the viewpoint - in fact no one mentioned it when we were there. So, maybe ask for it? We took the guided tour which we appreciated when noting details that are hidden in a painting. If you enjoy touring capitols, don't miss this one.
Written 24 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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