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.

Suggested Itineraries

Have an hour?

Have an hour?

Take the 45-minute U.S. Capitol Tour. This guide-led tour takes visitors to the historic areas of the Capitol including the Crypt, the Rotunda, and Statuary Hall. Before the tour starts, you’ll see the brief orientation film, “Out of Many, One,” which describes how we come together as a nation to govern ourselves. Please note that the tour does not include visiting the Senate and House Galleries, which require separate passes.

Have an afternoon?

Animated Galleries

Stop by the Visitor Galleries of the chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate. If Congress is in session, you might see legislative history being made! Passes are required and may be obtained from your Representative or Senators. International visitors may inquire about passes at the House or Senate Appointment Desks in the Capitol Visitor Center.

Make a day of it!

Botanic Garden

Start with the Capitol tour, check out the exhibits and statues in Emancipation Hall, and watch Congress in session.

Explore the offerings of our Capitol Hill neighbors – the Library of Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Botanic Garden.


Visitors may request wheelchairs from any Capitol Visitor Center staff wearing red vests or jackets or at one of the Coat Check stations just inside the main entrance. A non-passport photo ID is needed to borrow a wheelchair. The Coat Check station closes at 4:15 p.m. each day.

Listening devices with audio descriptions of the films and exhibition in English are available at the Information Desks. All films have open captioning in English.

Capitol Visitor Center brochures are available in Braille, large print and html formats at the Information Desks in Emancipation Hall.

To contact the Office of Congressional Accessibility Services call 202.224.4048 (voice) or 202.224.4049 (TTY).

Please visit our Accessibility Services page for a complete list of services.