SEE YOU IN MAY 2023!

Thanks for exploring Wisconsin history with us in 2022! First Capitol will reopen for general admission in May 2023. Learn more about this historic site while you wait!

SEE YOU IN MAY 2023!

Thanks for exploring Wisconsin history with us in 2022! First Capitol will reopen for general admission in May 2023. Learn more about this historic site while you wait!

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 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 the framework for the current state government.

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Thanks to our hardworking facilities staff Mike and Jake and Wisconsin Historical Society staff archaeologist Sam for landscape improvements at First Capitol today. Staff were cleaning up tree stumps and monitoring for any archaeological finds from the work. The park surrounding First Capitol is a great place to bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful grounds! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks to our hardworking facilities staff Mike and Jake and Wisconsin Historical Society staff archaeologist Sam for landscape improvements at First Capitol today. Staff were cleaning up tree stumps and monitoring for any archaeological finds from the work. The park surrounding First Capitol is a great place to bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful grounds!

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