Due to a special Joint Meeting of Congress taking place in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 3, the U.S. Capitol will be closed to tours until approximately 12:30 p.m. on that day. The Capitol Visitor Center will remain open throughout the day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and guided tours of the Capitol Visitor Center will be available while the Capitol is closed.

Resources and Activities


My Capitol - Student Self-Guide

Designed for young people ages 11 and older, the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center’s student self-guide of Exhibition Hall includes historical background about the Capitol and Congress, directed-looking activities, and questions to encourage discussion during the tour or after at school or home. Parents and teachers may get copies of My Capitol at the Visitor Center’s North Coat Check on the upper level or download a copy here. If you’re using a mobile device, download the app here.

Discover the U.S. Capitol – Student Activity Guide

With engaging activities related to locations in the Capitol as well as American history in general, Discover the U.S. Capitol is intended for upper-level elementary-school-aged students who can use it before or after they visit the Capitol. Copies are available at the North Coat Check on the upper level of the Capitol Visitor Center, or you may download a copy here.

For further information about educational programs for students and teachers, please contact the Capitol Visitor Center’s Exhibits and Education Division at education@visitthecapitol.gov

Explore Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center using these self-guide worksheets.

A Student Tour of Emancipation Hall Statue Seek and Find: Who Am I? Design a Statue

Learn about Congress and the Capitol using these pre- and post-visit resources.

Bingo Crossword Puzzle

Explore Exhibition Hall using these self-guided activities.

War of 1812 Scavenger Hunt Available at the entrance to Exhibition Hall.

Enhance your knowledge of Congress by reading these essays.




Congress by the Numbers



How Your State Gets Its Seats

Congressional Apportionment

Who Elects Our Senators?





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