Due to a special Joint Meeting of Congress taking place in the Capitol on Wednesday, April 29, 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.

Suggested Itineraries

Exhibition Hall in the U.S. Capitol

Have an hour?

Take the 45-minute U.S. Capitol tour offered from 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Before your tour, you’ll see a brief orientation film entitled “Out of Many, One,” which describes how we come together as a nation to govern ourselves. The tour itself includes stops at the Rotunda of the Capitol and National Statuary Hall.  Or, visit Exhibition Hall, the only exhibition in the world dedicated to telling the story of the U.S. Congress and the building of the Capitol. Located on the lower level of the Capitol Visitor Center, Exhibition Hall features original and rarely-seen documents and artifacts, videos, touchable models, and computer interactives.


Galleries of the chambers of the House of Representatives and Senate

Have an afternoon?

In addition to your tour of the Capitol or exploration of Exhibition Hall, stop by the Visitor Galleries of the chambers of the House of Representatives and 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.




U.S. Botanic Garden

Make a day of it!

Start with the Capitol tour, visit Exhibition Hall, watch Congress in session, and then take some time to explore the offerings of our Capitol Hill neighbors, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Botanic Garden.

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