Madison’s charm is inherent in its design, thanks to early local visionaries like architect and UW alumnus Frank Lloyd Wright, and city planner John Nolen. Everywhere you wander you’ll experience a city that keeps its history close, yet values the entrepreneurial spirit and cultural endeavors of today.
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The State Capitol’s granite dome commands Madison’s skyline from nearly every vantage point (a city law prohibits nearby buildings to exceed its height), but its interior is equally profound. Daytime tours offer glimpses of Wisconsin’s history as illustrated through murals, sculptures, and ornate architecture. And at night, the Capitol’s lit exterior is always a stunning backdrop.
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You’ll find an impressive art collection in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Works by Frida Kahlo and Roy Lichtenstein are part of the permanent collection, while special exhibits refresh works by influential American and international artists. Best of all, the museum is free. Be sure to visit the rooftop café and sculpture garden for spectacular views of the city.