The 2 buildings that comprise the First Capitol site

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!

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!

Kids standing in front of a building at First Capitol

Discover the Birthplace of Wisconsin Government 

Explore the site of Wisconsin’s first capital, 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.

A woman and her two sons, all wearing baseball caps look at the exhibit displays in the First Capitol building

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

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Looking for a great holiday gift? Support First Capitol with your purchase! Shop for books and unique Wisconsin items, including the 2022 state capitol ornament, at our online store: shop.wisconsinhistory.org/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking for a great holiday gift? Support First Capitol with your purchase! Shop for books and unique Wisconsin items, including the 2022 state capitol ornament, at our online store: https://shop.wisconsinhistory.org/

Happy Thanksgiving from First Capitol!

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Happy Thanksgiving from First Capitol! 

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The Court House in our first snowfall this winter!

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The Court House in our first snowfall this winter!

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