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.

Capitol Conversations

WEEKDAYS AT 1 p.m. -- Join our engaging guides and visitor services team on Zoom 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.

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Monday, September 13 – Memories of September 11, 2001

  • SPECIAL PROGRAM at 11:00am: Saturday marked the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Join us on a special edition of Capitol Conversations as members of our staff share their recollections of that tragic day at the Capitol. 



Monday, September 13 – Allyn Cox: The Story of an Artist

  • In 1953, a mural painter named Allyn Cox was hired to complete Constantino Brumidi's Frieze of American History in the Capitol Rotunda. Who was he and why did Congress hire him?



Tuesday, September 14 – O Say Can You See: The Star-Spangled Banner

  • At 9:00am on September 14, 1814, the American flag was raised above Fort McHenry in Baltimore after a long siege by the British navy, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write a poem that later became our national anthem. Learn about one of our country's most enduring symbols.



Wednesday, September 15 – How a Bill Becomes a Law

  • Learn how bills work their way through Congress to eventually become law.



Thursday, September 16 – The Capitol Cornerstone

  • On September 18, 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the Capitol Building. What was the ceremony like and why was it so important then as it is today?



Friday, September 17 – The Dog Days of the Constitutional Convention

  • On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates from 12 states signed the Constitution, officially organizing the government of the new United States. What led up to this moment and how did the young nation react?



Monday, September 20 – Constitution 101

  • Happy Constitution Week! We will discuss the basics of the Constitution and how it is applied today.



Tuesday, September 21 – The Preamble

  • The Constitution of the United States begins with three powerful words, "We the People." Learn about the Preamble of the Constitution, the 52 words that have defined our history.



Wednesday, September 22 – Congress & the Constitution

  • Learn about the origins of Congress and its powers under Article I of the Constitution.



Thursday, September 23 – The Signing of the Constitution

  • Learn about Howard Chandler Christy's painting The Signing of the Constitution, commissioned in 1939 to honor the 150th anniversary of that founding document.



Friday, September 24 – The Supreme Court Inside the Capitol: Part 1

  • On September 24, 1789, Congress passed the Judiciary Act, establishing the federal court system in the United States. Join us for Part 1 of our series on the Supreme Court's history inside the Capitol Building from 1800 to 1860.