Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison

Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison (must see)

The Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison is host to the state legislature, the governors' office, and the state's Supreme Court. This building dates back to 1917, making it one of the older buildings in the city still used for its original purpose. After a renovation in 2001, the building received Historic Landmark status.

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.

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Wisconsin State Capitol on Map

Sight Name: Wisconsin State Capitol
Sight Location: Madison, USA (See walking tours in Madison)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Madison, Wisconsin

Create Your Own Walk in Madison

Create Your Own Walk in Madison

Creating your own self-guided walk in Madison is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Walking Tour

University of Wisconsin-Madison Walking Tour

Founded the same year as Wisconsin achieved statehood – 1848, University of Wisconsin-Madison is the oldest public university of the state and the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin System. The latter consists of 20 schools and colleges, which enrolls roughly 30,000 undergraduate and 14,000 graduate students.

Located on the shores of Lake Mendota, the campus includes four...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Madison Introduction Walking Tour

Madison Introduction Walking Tour

The Native Americans called the Madison area Taychopera, meaning "land of the four lakes" which are known today as Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa. The first European settlement began in 1829 when James Duane Doty, a former federal judge, purchased over a thousand acres of land between Lakes Mendota and Monona.

The city was named after President James Madison and made the state...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles