Due to a special event taking place in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, September 18, there will be no tours of the U.S. Capitol that day until approximately noon. The Capitol Visitor Center will remain open during this time, and guided tours in the Capitol Visitor Center will be available.

Student Programs

The Capitol Visitor Center offers two inquiry-based school programs at the U.S. Capitol.  Teachers may select one of two programs for their visit; it is not possible to attend both sessions in one day.  To make reservations or for more information please email education@visitthecapitol.gov.

For logisitics and what not to bring to the Capitol, click Plan a Visit.

Art Appreciators: Art and Architecture of the U.S. Capitol

Grades: 3 through 12
Class size: 20 to 35 students per program
Length: 2 hours
Season: October through February
Dates: Selected Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings

Students explore the history of America as portrayed through the art and architecture of the U.S. Capitol. They will examine paintings, sculpture and architectural elements in the Capitol Rotunda, National Statuary Hall and the Capitol Visitor Center.

This program meets common core state standards and national standards for the visual arts.

Environment Matters: How Does a Bill Become Law?

Grades: 6 through 12
Class size: 20 to 100 students per program
Length: 2 to 3 hours, depending on the option selected
Season: October through February
Dates: Selected Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings

To understand the complex way in which a bill becomes a law, students participate in activities that illustrate the process using the Chesapeake Bay and the Clean Water Acts of 1948 and 1972 as legislative examples. The tour includes a visit to the Galleries of the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives.

This program meets common core state standards and national standards for civics and government.

 

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