The 2 buildings that comprise the First Capitol site

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First Capitol will reopen for general admission in May 2023. While you wait, add a capitol keepsake to your holiday décor with our 2022 Wisconsin State Capitol ornament!

Get Your Capitol Ornament!

First Capitol will reopen for general admission in May 2023. While you wait, add a capitol keepsake to your holiday décor with our 2022 Wisconsin State Capitol ornament!

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Discover the Birthplace of Wisconsin Government 

Madison has long been Wisconsin’s capital city, but the first 40 laws were made 50 miles southwest, here in Belmont. Welcome to Wisconsin’s First Capitol, where for just 47 days in 1836 representatives met to lay the foundation for our state’s government. Immerse yourself in the world of these founders, walking through the buildings and rooms where these important decisions were made.


GROUP TOURS

Details

Book your 2023 group tour today! Tours include private guide(s) that can be customized to meet the needs and interests of your group. Free onsite bus parking

Min 10 | Max 55

Please note we do not offer onsite dining. Reservations needed 2 weeks in advance.

Pricing

$5.00 per guest
*bluestar initiative

Tour operators/guides/drivers: FREE

Payment due on arrival.

For more information, or to book, contact us at firstcapitol@wisconsinhistory.org or call 608-987-2122.

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Discover the rugged origins of the first capitol of Wisconsin Territory, where legislators laid down

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Join our team! We are hiring a Southwest Sites Guest Services Manager. This position is based at Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien and supports all four southwest sites. Find out more and apply online via WiscJobs by following the instructions in the link below.

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Join our team! We are hiring a Southwest Sites Guest Services Manager. This position is based at Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien and supports all four southwest sites. Find out more and apply online via WiscJobs by following the instructions in the link below. 

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How about doing something for the First Capitol for its 150th anniversary?

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Happy New Year! We cant wait to see you in 2023. Stay tuned for more info on projects coming to First Capitol in the new year!