Exhibition Hall at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Exhibition Hall at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Exhibition Hall is home to E Pluribus Unum - Out of Many One, the only exhibition in the world dedicated to telling the story of the United States Congress and the U.S. Capitol. Exhibition Hall features original documents and artifacts, videos, touchable models, computer interactives and two small theaters, providing visitors with an in-depth look at how Congress works, the history of the Capitol and Congress, as well as information on Representatives and Senators.
Congress Investigates
Congress Investigates
"Congress Investigates" exhibit includes Watergate evidence.

 

New Exhibit Delves Deep - Showcases Congressional Investigations
 

The Capitol Visitor Center’s new exhibit entitled "Congress Investigates," takes a look at Congress’ investigatory powers and how Congress has used them to gain information, develop public policy, conduct oversight and inform the public. Congress has investigated issues throughout its history via formal investigations and fact-finding inquiries with wide-ranging results, often significantly affecting the history of the United States.
 

In "Congress Investigates," visitors will explore the history of 18 investigations, from the very first investigation conducted by the House of Representatives in 1792 to investigations conducted in the 1980s. Topics include the Watergate investigation of the 1970s, the Pecora investigation of the 1929 stock market crash, comic books and juvenile delinquency in the 1950s, and the investigation into the 1912 Titanic disaster.
 

Baby boomers will be especially interested in items from the Watergate investigation. You’ll be able to see the address book belonging to Watergate burglar Bernard Barker – his entry of a White House phone number for “HH” was a critical piece of evidence that linked the break-in to President Richard Nixon’s re-election committee.
 

Exhibition Hall is open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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.

 

Explore Online Exhibitions
Explore Online Exhibitions

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

Congress and the War of 1812
Congress and the War of 1812

 

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.

 

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