WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Birthplace of a Great State

Closed for the Season

First Capitol is closed for the season. Thank you to our members and guests for your support during the 2021 season. We look forward to welcoming you back for the 2022 season. In the meantime, you can check out our Holiday events at Old World Wisconsin, Villa Louis, Wade House, the Wisconsin Historical Museum and more events with the society. Continue exploring Wisconsin history year-round at the Wisconsin Historical Museum.

Our Story

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Discover the rugged origins of the first capitol of Wisconsin Territory, where legislators built the framework of law and order that evolved into our current state government.
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Explore the Site

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Before Madison became Wisconsin’s capital, the first territorial legislature met in the picturesque hamlet of Belmont to chart a path to statehood.

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EXPLORE FIRST CAPITOL


COUNCIL HOUSE

See the Council House where territorial legislation was debated and voted on in 1836.
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COURT HOUSE

Visit the Court House to learn about early Wisconsin history.
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ABOUT US

Learn about the birthplace of the Wisconsin Territorial Government.
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PLAN YOUR VISIT

Begin planning your trip today! Tickets, Hours, Directions and more.
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For Your Health & Safety

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Registration

Advance registration is required for some events

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Face Mask
Policy

Required for guests indoors if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Recommended for guests indoors if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Daily Cleaning and Sanitizing

Daily cleaning & sanitizing enhanced at all facilities

Maintain Social Distance. Two people 6 ft apart.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Please practice social distancing while on-site

2021 Site Protocols

Effective Aug. 5, in accordance with current state guidelines

To protect your safety and ours:

  • If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, we recommend you wear a face mask while inside on-site at our historic sites and museums.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 you are required to wear a face mask while inside on-site at our historic sites and museums.
  • Please practice social distancing at our historic sites and museums.
  • Disposable masks will be available on-site.
  • All facilities will adhere to increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirements and there will be cleaning stations in each building.
  • Each location will follow strict guest engagement protocols, including parking, food preparation, and the use of shared facilities such as a public restroom.
  • Staff and guests, per CDC guidance, are asked to stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 our hours and guidelines for access may change. Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information.

Site Accessibility

Explore Other 2021 Experiences

This season, we are excited to welcome visitors to some of our historic sites & museums for general admission and special experiences. Click the button below for more information on how you can safely explore history in a new way through our 2021 programs and events.

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