Plan a Visit
The Capitol Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm., Monday through Saturday, and tours of the Capitol are offered from 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
No reservations are needed to visit Exhibition Hall, located on the lower level of the Capitol Visitor Center, behind the plaster model for the Statue of Freedom.
Student Orientation Video
Watch this short student orientation video before visiting the Capitol.
Calendar of Events
Aside from the standard tour of the Capitol, the Visitor Center offers a number of special tours and activities.
Information and activities for students, teachers, and families.
A Capitol Moment Video
“A Capitol Moment” videos are bite-sized talks about the artwork and exhibits in the Capitol Visitor Center.
Congress is divided into two institutions: the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Download the Capitol Visitor Center's suite of brochures.
Download international translations of our brochures and guides.
Time Lapse Video
Watch this 3-minute time lapse video of a day in life of the Capitol Visitor Center.
About the Capitol
A symbol of the American people and their government, the U.S. Capitol is the meeting place for the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Special Tours and Activities
There are a number of special activities you may take advantage of at the Capitol Visitor Center.