Want to Learn More About the War of 1812?
Watch this series of videos where a historian takes you into the Capitol to explain what happened at the U.S. Capitol during the War of 1812.
Join a Visitor Guide for a 50-minute special tour offered Monday through Friday at 11 a.m., exploring three unique stories about the War of 1812. (During the weeks of August 18 and August 25, this tour is also offered at 1 p.m.)
Visit the Capitol Visitor Center’s Exhibition Hall where you’ll see President James Madison’s original war message to Congress from June 1, 1812, in which he detailed British offenses against the United States. No reservations or passes are needed to visit Exhibition Hall, which is located on the lower level of the Visitor Center, behind the plaster model for the Statue of Freedom.
Curious about what happened at the U.S. Capitol and in Congress during the Civil War? Explore our new Website, “Building A More Perfect Union: Congress, the Capitol Building, and the Civil War.”
Click here for a virtual exploration of Exhibition Hall