Edwin Blashfield's mural "Resources of Wisconsin" lavishly decorates the ceiling of the rotunda,
which is the only granite dome in the United States. Inside, visitors are treated to the unique
textures of 43 varieties of stone from around the world, hand-carved furniture and exquisite glass
The state's diverse ethnic heritage is reflected in the architecture, art and furnishings throughout
the Capitol. Styled after the council chambers of the Doge's Palace in Venice, the walls and ceilings
of the Governor's conference room are adorned with 26 historical and allegorical paintings by Hugo
Ballin. The room also boasts French walnut furniture and a Wisconsin hardwood floor.
The heritage theme is echoed in the chambers of Wisconsin's highest court and its bicameral legislature.
The State Supreme Court room is decorated in German and Italian styles and features extensive use of
marble, as well as four murals by Albert Herter. The Senate Chamber is decorated with French and
Italian marble, and is highlighted by a colorful skylight and a Kenyon Cox mural depicting the opening
of the Panama Canal. Down the hall, the Assembly Chamber features New York and Italian marble,
Wisconsin oak furniture, a thirty-foot skylight and an Edwin Blashfield mural symbolizing Wisconsin's
past, present and future.
Some of the stones used in the building contain fossils. The second flight of stairs in the north
wing, on the left side of the grand staircase, fourth step from the bottom, contains a starfish
fossil estimated to be 400 million years old.
Open to the public weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 8:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. Free tours are offered daily, year round except on the following holidays: New Year's Day,
Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Tours start at the information desk Monday through
Saturday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m.; and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m.
A 4:00 p.m. tour is offered weekdays (Monday - Friday), excluding holidays, during Memorial Day
through Labor Day. The sixth floor museum and observation deck are open during the summer months.
Groups of ten or more can make an on-line reservation for a tour of the State Capitol or call