Plan Your Visit

Admission

Hours and Directions

  • From Madison

    Take US-151 south toward Dodgeville. Take WI-126/CR-G (Exit 26) south toward Belmont. Turn right onto CR-G, which is First Capitol Dr. Continue to follow CR-G, following signs to the site.

  • From Chicago

    Take I-90 west toward Rockford. Stay on I-90 west into Wisconsin. Take US-18 west at Madison (Exit 142A). Take US-151 south toward Dodgeville. Take WI-126/CR-G (Exit 26) south toward Belmont. Turn right onto CR-G, which is First Capitol Dr. Continue to follow CR-G, following signs to the site.

  • From Dubuque

    Take US-151 north into Wisconsin. Take WI-126/CR-G (Exit 26) south toward Belmont. Turn right onto CR-G, which is First Capitol Dr. Continue to follow CR-G, following signs to the site.

  • From Milwaukee

    Take I-94 west toward Madison. Merge onto I-90 east (via Exit 4A). Take US-18 west at Madison (Exit 142A). Take US-151 south toward Dodgeville. Take WI-126/CR-G (Exit 26) south toward Belmont. Turn right onto CR-G, which is First Capitol Dr. Continue to follow CR-G, following signs to the site.

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
First Capitol’s lodging and council houses both have wheelchair ramps. Due to the scale used in historic buildings, access is somewhat limited. Reasonable accommodations can be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. For more information regarding access to site buildings, grounds and programs please contact First Capitol at 608-987-2122.

Service Animals
While no pets are allowed on the museum grounds, service animals are permitted for persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Nearby Hotels & Amenities

Town of Belmont

Belmont is located in Lafayette County in southwestern Wisconsin. With its rolling hills, it is easy to see why Belmont was named, “Belle Monte,” French for “beautiful hill.” Don’t miss Belmont’s two French specialty cheese factories that produce brie, camembert and feta.

Pecatonica State Trail and Belmont Mound State Park are nearby. Lake Joy Campground is 3 miles northeast of Belmont. It features tent and RV sites, swimming, fishing and paddleboats. See more information on camping, upcoming events and recreation in Belmont.

 

In the Area

For more information on restaurants, hotels and other attractions near First Capitol, visit our sister site Travel Wisconsin.

For information on bed & breakfast options in the area, visit the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association.