Update

The Capitol Visitor Center is not accepting tour reservations at this time. Limited numbers of tours may be available through the offices of your senators or representative.

 

Online Gift Shop Now Open

Check out our new Online Gift Shop, https://shop.visitthecapitol.gov. 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.

Capitol Conversations

WEEKDAYS AT 1 p.m. -- Join our engaging guides and visitor services team for Capitol Conversations – live, interactive, virtual discussions about the U.S. Capitol. During Capitol Conversations, our staff will discuss some of the U.S. Capitol’s historic spaces, artwork, artifacts and statues.

Click here for the Online Gift Shop for the books and other materials mentioned during Capitol Conversations.

AccessibilityTo request an accommodation to participate in a Capitol Conversation, please email your request to the following email as soon as you register: AccessibilityRequests@saa.senate.gov​​​​
 

 

Monday, May 16 – The Nation Mourns: Lying in State for the Unknown Soldiers

Before their interment in Arlington National Cemetery, four unknown soldiers lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda. We will discuss this very special ceremony and its place in honoring those soldiers "known but to God."

Register for The Nation Mourns: Lying in State for the Unknown Soldiers

 

Tuesday, May 17 – The Supreme Court in the Capitol

From 1860-1935, the Supreme Court met in the room now called the Old Senate Chamber. Join us to learn about the Court and some of the cases decided during this time period.

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Wednesday, May 18 – Bringing the Outside In: The Corn Cob Columns

The corn cob columns are a unique element of Capitol architecture. Learn how they were designed and why they are important to the Capitol.

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Thursday, May 19 – The Grant Memorial: Restoration of a National Treasure

Curator for the Architect of the Capitol Dr. Michele Cohen will provide an overview of the memorial’s recent conservation.

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Friday, May 20 – Presidential Desk Markers

Eight plaques in National Statuary Hall mark the desk locations of presidents who served as members of the House of Representatives. We will discuss the men behind the plaques, Congress in the old Hall of the House, and these often overlooked markers.

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