Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison

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Must see · Government Building · Tourist Spot
See the granite Roman Renaissance structure of Wisconsin State Capitol, which houses chambers of the state's legislature, its supreme court, and the office of the governor. Take a free tour (offered daily) for a first-hand look at the building's marble floors, glass mosaics, and door knobs with the state's seal carved into them. From outside, look up at the capitol statue--the three-ton bronze figure covered in gold leaf symbolizes the state's motto--Forward. Plan to visit Wisconsin State Capitol and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Madison attractions using our Madison day trip site.
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  • Right between the two lakes, capital square is easily accessible on a Saturday and especially with less traffic due to covid. It’s been closed to tours since March. It looks exactly the same on all 4....  more »
  • What a unique place! I discovered quite a bit of United States history here. And the paintings are beautifully painted. Lots of architecture to take a look at. And plenty of bathrooms on every floor. If you're looking for a place to sit down, there are leather chairs outside the supreme court courtroom on the second floor, in addition to benches outside the Capitol itself
  • The Capitol’s Art and Architecture Gives Great Aesthetic Pleasure - The capitol building is a marvel - built with over 40 different types of marble, great art throughout, and interiors lit by natural light. Definitely take the free tour. Afterward enjoy the downtown area. There are great nearby restaurants, small cafes, and a modern art museum. On Wednesday enjoy the Concert in Capitol Square and on Saturday morning enjoy the farmers market surrounding the capitol.

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