While the Rotunda is unavailable for tours, an alternate tour route in the Capitol will be provided. The Capitol Visitor Center will remain open during the closure of the Rotunda, and you are welcome to participate in a variety of special activities.
Explore the Capitol building and grounds on this 50-minute guided tour offered daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Ask Visitor Center personnel for the starting location of this tour. No reservations or passes are required.
Throughout the day, interpreters positioned in Exhibition Hall and Emancipation Hall use hands-on objects to tell a variety of six-minute stories. Topics include how a bill becomes a law, how enslaved laborers helped build the Capitol, and how workmen today are using special “pins” to restore the Capitol Dome.
Find out how to visit the visitor galleries of the House of Representatives and the Senate. This short program is offered Monday through Friday hourly between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Inquire at Exhibition Hall.
A special tour of the Brumidi Corridors on the first floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol enables visitors to view and learn about the ornate paintings on the walls and ceilings designed by Constantino Brumidi between 1857 and 1859. This tour, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, is offered Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. No reservations are needed. Get passes for this tour at one of the Information Desks on the lower level of the Visitor Center. There is a maximum of 30 individuals per tour, and passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, a special tour, lasting 30 to 45 minutes, entitled "Capitol and the Congress During the Civil War," is offered Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. With stops at the Old Supreme Court Chamber, the Old Senate Chamber and other important areas at the Capitol, this tour will explore how the Capitol was used during the Civil War, critical debates that took place during the Civil War, and key judicial decisions made during this time period. No reservations are needed. Get passes for this tour at one of the Information Desks on the lower level of the Visitor Center. There is a maximum of 15 individuals per tour, and passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.