Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison (must see)
The capital sits on 13 acres, with 154 trees representing over 30 species and 15 flowerbeds containing over 25,000 flowering plants. One of the most important highlights is the Lantern Balcony, which provides outstanding views from a height of over 200 feet. From here, you can see Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, as well as the Downtown area.
The rotunda has unique art, including a bust of former Governor and Progressive figure Robert M. LaFollette, a Liberty Bell replica, Wisconsin veterans' memorial, and glass mosaics. The Supreme Court chamber features original furniture and woodwork, as well as marble from locations as diverse as Italy and Maryland.
Visitors enjoy visiting the Senate and Assembly chambers, which also feature original woodwork and furniture. A Kenyon Cox mural commemorating the construction of the Panama Canal graces the Senate chamber. The Assembly chamber features a mural telling the story of Wisconsin's history, as well as original furnishings.
The North Hearing Room features an elaborate mural celebrating Wisconsin's history as far back as Colonial times. Visitors can see an ever-changing collection of art from the Wisconsin Historical Society in the Governor's Office. The Governor's Conference Room has a Venetian Renaissance style and is known for its ceiling mural about the state's heritage.
Why You Should Visit
Impressive artwork that celebrates the state's past, present, and future.
On weekends and holidays, only 130 people can enter the building per hour so go there early.
Want to visit this sight? Check out these Self-Guided Walking Tours in Madison. Alternatively, you can download the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.
Wisconsin State Capitol on Map
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