Due to a special event, on Wednesday, July 8, there will be no tours of the U.S. Capitol after 11 a.m. Emancipation Hall and Exhibition Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center will be unavailable all day. While reservations prior to 11 a.m. will be honored, same-day passes will not be available. The Capitol Visitor Center will close at noon except for individuals on official business and those going to the House and Senate Galleries.
Click on the links below to see the Capitol Visitor Center suite of brochures electronically. Hard copies are available at the Information Desks in Emancipation Hall.
This brochure provides a wealth of information in order to prepare you for a visit to the U.S. Capitol. It includes information about tours of the Capitol, visitor amenities, location, hours of operation, and security. The same information can also be found throughout this Website.
Constantino Brumidi (1805 – 1880) is known for the murals he painted in the U.S. Capitol over a 25-year period. This brochure provides detailed information and photographs on Brumidi and his achievements, including his most ambitious work, The Apotheosis of Washington, in the Rotunda eye of the Capitol dome.
A commemorative marker acknowledging the role that enslaved laborers played in the construction of the United States Capitol is located in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.
The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center’s Exhibition Hall showcases the only exhibit in the country dedicated to telling the story of Congress and the construction of the U.S. Capitol. Experience Exhibition Hall using this explanatory brochure as a guide.
The United States Capitol is the most widely recognized symbol of democratic government in the world and has housed Congress since 1800. This brochure provides in-depth information about the Capitol and Congress.
Designed for young people ages 11 and older, the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center’s new student self-guide of the Visitor Center’s Exhibition Hall and the Capitol grounds includes historical background, directed-looking activities, and questions to encourage discussion during the tour or for follow-up at school or home. Teachers may get copies of "My Capitol" for their students at the Visitor Center’s North Coat Check on the upper level or download a copy here. For further inquiries about educational programs for students and teachers, please contact the Capitol Visitor Center’s Exhibits and Education Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Capitol Visitor Center’s new exhibit, "Congress Investigates," showcases Congress' investigatory powers. Baby boomers will be especially interested in items from the Watergate investigation. Visitors will be able to see the address book belonging to Watergate burglar Bernard Barker - his entry of a White House phone number for "HH" was a critical piece of evidence that linked the break-in to President Richard Nixon's re-election committee. Other investigations highlighted include the Pecora investigation of the 1929 stock market crash; an investigation in the 1950s into the relationship between comic books and juvenile delinquency; and the investigation into the 1912 Titanic disaster. Exhibition Hall is open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No reservations or passes are needed to visit Exhibition Hall, which is located on the lower level of the Visitor Center, behind the plaster model for the Statue of Freedom.
The Statue of Freedom has stood atop the United States Capitol Dome since 1863. Hoisted into place while the country was divided by the Civil War, the bronze statue designed and sculpted by American sculptor Thomas Crawford was created as the crowning feature of the building’s new cast-iron Dome.
The U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration Project is being conducted in phases to restore the exterior and interior of the Dome. Having last undergone major repair in 1959-1960, the cast-iron Dome is suffering from the effects of weather and age.
This guide and map highlight features of the U.S. Capitol Grounds. Begin your exploration anywhere on the map. As you follow walkways, enjoy the many scenic views of the Capitol and its surrounding landscape.