Lying in State of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

The public is invited to pay their respects to Representative Elijah E. Cummings Thursday, October 24 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Please enter through the Capitol Visitor Center.

On Thursday, October 24, the Capitol Visitor Center will be closed for normal operations, and all Capitol tours are cancelled.

On Wednesday, October 23, the second floor of the Capitol will be closed to the public. The Capitol Visitor Center will offer modified tours of the Capitol.

If you have a tour reservation and would like to reschedule, please click here or contact the Visitor Services Office at (202)226-8000.

On Friday, October 25, the Capitol Visitor Center will reopen for normal operations and Capitol tours at 8:30 a.m.


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From activity sheets to use while visiting the Capitol to rare online primary documents for classroom research projects, there are a variety of resources to meet your needs.

Student Orientation Video

Watch this short student orientation video before you visit the U.S.Capitol.

Resources and Activities

Interested in fun activities as you tour the U.S. Capitol? Find out cool facts, fun activities, and a little bit of history you can wow your friends with. Ask your teacher for a copy of the student self-guide, the student activity guide, or both!

Temporary Exhibits and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Come view the Capitol Visitor Center’s temporary exhibits, located on the lower level of Emancipation Hall to learn more about the work of Congress and the Capitol’s architectural history. The temporary exhibits include ten-minute films about the workings of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. You also can explore architectural models showing how the Capitol and Grounds have changed over time. Capitol Visitor Center staff further offer a number of interactive programs and activities in this space, including interpretive carts where staff members elaborate on matters ranging from how a bill becomes a law to the art and architecture of the Capitol. Please see our calendar for daily programming schedules.