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Visit Government Buildings in Wisconsin

Built in 1906, the Wisconsin State Capitol is the tallest building in Madison and is an important piece of the city’s history. Here you will find the most prominent governing bodies of the state, including the Office of the Governor, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and the Wisconsin legislature. Spend your time at this beautiful building taking a tour and learning its significant place that it holds, as well as an in-depth look into the chambers. Then enjoy the surrounding dining, shopping, and entertainment area.

Head to downtown Lancaster and see the site of the country's first Civil War Monument, the Grant County Courthouse. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the architectural marvel features the iconic glass and copper dome – dubbing Lancaster the City of the Dome – and remains in use to Lancaster residents and visitors to this day. The 1.6-acre complex also home to the First Civil War Monument, reading "To the memory of the brave soldiers of Grant County who fell in defense of universal liberty in the great rebellion of A.D. 1861.”

Wisconsin State Capitol

The tallest building in Madison, the Wisconsin State Capitol occupies a prominent place in Madison's history. Built in 1906, the Capitol has been housing the Wisconsin legislature, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and the Office of the Governor ever since. It is surrounded by the Capitol Square, home to many restaurants, shops, and entertainment.

Open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and holidays, the State Capitol offers tours to Madison visitors throughout the day. Lasting about 45 minutes, the tour covers the Capitol's architecture, art, and history – as well as in-depth looks into the chambers.