Are you a history buff with a love for learning? If so, come out the Wisconsin State Capitol Building for a great lesson in history. The current Capitol was designed by George B. Post & Sons and built between the years of 1906 and 1917. It cost around $7.25 million. The Madison, Wisconsin capitol is unique because it is the only State Capitol built on an isthmus. The Capitol Dome, which soars to a height of 200 feet, features a gilded bronze statue created by Daniel Chester French entitled, “Wisconsin.” 43 varieties of stone from all around world, hand carved furniture, and beautiful glass mosaics adorn the interior. Wisconsin’s diverse ethnic heritage is reflected in the architecture, art, and furnishings throughout the Capitol. The Senate Chamber alone will make your trip worthwhile.
The Capitol building is located at 2 East Main Street in Madison, Wisconsin. Free tours run from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Tours start from the information desk Monday through Saturday at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00am, as well as 1:00, 2:00, 3:00pm. A 4:00pm tour is offered Monday through Friday. They are offered daily, aside from the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Call (608) 266-0382 for more information.