Due to adverse weather conditions, the Capitol Visitor Center will open two hours late, at 10:30 a.m. Capitol tours will begin at 10:40 a.m.

Due to a special Joint Meeting of Congress taking place in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 3, the U.S. Capitol will be closed to tours until approximately 12:30 p.m. on that day. The Capitol Visitor Center will remain open throughout the day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and guided tours of the Capitol Visitor Center will be available while the Capitol is closed.

Capitol Visitor Center Opening Ceremony

The four Congressional leaders, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Republican Leader John Boehner, officially opened the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center to the public on Tuesday, December 2, 2008. This is a significant date in the history of the U.S. Capitol, as it was on December 2, 1863, that the final section of Statue of Freedom was placed atop the Capitol to signify the completion of construction of the new dome.

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Presentation of Colors by The United States Armed Forces Color Guard
Stephen Ayers, Acting Architect of the Capitol
The United States Marine Band plays the National Anthem
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Emancipation Hall during the Opening Ceremony of the Capitol Visitor Center
The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Republican Leader of the Senate Olmsted lanterns
The plaster model for the Statue of Freedom
The Honorable Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the Senate
 Audience in Emancipation Hall
The Honorable John Boehner, Republican Leader of the House of Representatives
Emancipation Hall during the Opening Ceremony of the Capitol Visitor Center
Professor Rita Dove, Poet Laureate of the United States 1993-1995
Children from The American Youth Chorus singing "The Capitol"
Stephen Ayers, Acting Architect of the Capitol with James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, greeting The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Stephen Ayers, Acting Architect of the Capitol, Terrie Rouse, CEO for Visitor Services , and The Honorable Steny Hoyer
On opening day, visitors entered the Capitol Visitor Center via one of the walkways.

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