COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update

The Capitol Visitor Center remains closed. We are not taking tour reservations at this time. Please check out our video tours and other online resources.


Online Gift Shop Now Open

Check out our new Online Gift Shop, All products are Made-in-the-USA, and many are created exclusively for our store. We look forward to welcoming you to the CVC Online Gift Shop.

Breaking Exploration Barriers Abroad

Breaking Exploration Barriers Abroad

The Congress shall have Power To...promote the Progress of Science

Article I, Section 8, Constitution of the United States

Congress has supported expeditions to explore land and sea by sending experts in geology, natural history, botany, horticulture, linguistics, and zoology, as well as visual artists, to the ends of the earth. These expeditions’ scientific illustrations, observations, and data established or enhanced the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Botanic Garden, and other major research institutions. When competing explorers made claims of discoveries, Congress investigated their assertions.