Special Activities and Tours at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
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.
Capitol and the Congress During the Civil War Tour
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.
Brumidi Corridors Tours
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.
Outdoor Capitol Talks
Hear from an expert how the Capitol building has changed over time. Learn about architect Thomas U. Walter’s design for the Dome that became a symbol of democracy throughout the world. Meet at the North Gift Shop inside the Capitol Visitor Center for this 45-minute outdoor program offered Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. No reservations or passes needed.
Exhibition Hall Tours and Talks
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 11 a.m. and 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. Meet at the designated time at the entrance to Exhibition Hall on the lower level of the Visitor Center.
What’s Happening in the Chambers?
Find out how to visit the visitor galleries of the House of Representatives and the Senate. This short program is offered Monday through Friday at noon. Inquire at Exhibition Hall.