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.

The British Burn the Capitol, August 24, 1814

Two hundred years ago, British troops marched on Washington, D.C., intent on striking a blow against the capital city during the War of 1812. The first public building they encountered was the unfinished Capitol. This feature describes what the Capitol looked like at the time, how the British attempted to destroy it, and how their actions shaped the future of the building.