VISIT US TODAY!

First Capitol is open Saturdays and Sundays through September 4. Tickets are not required to visit, and group tours are available.

VISIT US TODAY!

First Capitol is open Saturdays and Sundays through September 4. Tickets are not required to visit, and group tours are available.

Kids standing in front of a building at First Capital

Discover the Birthplace of Wisconsin Government 

Explore the site of Wisconsin’s first capitol, where for just 47 days representatives met to lay the foundation for our state’s government. Madison has long been Wisconsin’s capital city, but the first 40 laws were made 50 miles southwest in Belmont. At First Capitol, you’ll 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 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 the framework for the current state government.

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Summer school fun at First Capitol! Our guests today were from Viroqua and it was a beautiful day to talk about Wisconsin territorial history! ... See MoreSee Less

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Summer school fun at First Capitol! Our guests today were from Viroqua and it was a beautiful day to talk about Wisconsin territorial history!Image attachmentImage attachment

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