Aside from the general tour of the U.S. Capitol offered Monday through Saturday from 8:50 a.m. until 3:20 p.m., there are a number of special activities you may take advantage of.
In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, a special tour, lasting 30 to 45 minutes, entitled "Capitol and the Congress During the Civil War," is offered Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. With stops at the Old Supreme Court Chamber and other important areas at the Capitol, this tour will explore how the Capitol was used during the Civil War, critical debates that took place during the Civil War, and key judicial decisions made during this time period. No reservations are needed. Get passes for this tour at one of the Information Desks on the lower level of the Visitor Center.
A special tour of the Brumidi Corridors on the first floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol enables visitors to view and learn about the ornate paintings on the walls and ceilings designed by Constantino Brumidi between 1857 and 1859. This tour, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, is offered Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. No reservations are needed. Get passes for this tour at one of the Information Desks on the lower level of the Visitor Center.
Visitors are welcome to investigate the Capitol Visitor Center’s Exhibition Hall at their leisure; however, you may also want to take advantage of an opportunity that will help guide your exploration of the historic documents and artifacts that are on display. Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., you may join a 20-minute tour of Exhibition Hall. Through stories and object exploration, learn how Congress and the Capitol have changed as the country has changed. No reservations or passes are required for this program. Simply meet at the designated time at the entrance to Exhibition Hall on the lower level of the Visitor Center.
Thursdays, December 5 and 19,
10:30 a.m. - noon
Make a pocket journal to store the memories of your visit to the United States Capitol and Washington, D.C. Activity takes place just outside the North Gift Shop. No reservations or passes required.
Monday through Friday, 11 a.m., 30-minute guided program for visitors of all ages that brings the history of Congress to life. Meet at Exhibition Hall. No passes or reservations needed.