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.
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
Congress is divided into two institutions: the House of Representatives and the Senate.
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.
Student Orientation Video
Watch this short student orientation video before visiting the Capitol.
A Capitol Moment Video
“A Capitol Moment” videos are bite-sized talks about the artwork and exhibits in the Capitol Visitor Center.
Time Lapse Video
Watch this 3-minute time lapse video of a day in life of the Capitol Visitor Center.