Exhibition Hall

banner-exhibition-hall.png

Exhibition Hall is home to the only exhibition in the world dedicated to telling the story of the United States Congress and the U.S. Capitol.  Exhibition Hall features original documents and artifacts, videos, touchable models, computer interactives and two small theaters that provide visitors with an in-depth look at how Congress works, the history of the Capitol and Congress, as well as information on Representatives and Senators.

Congress and the World Wars

World War I (1914–1918) and World War II (1939–1945) were cataclysmic events, which spurred Congress to address the nation’s role in the world. As foreign aggression increasingly threatened national security, Congress refined its isolationist stance by declaring war on its enemies. To prepare the country for these wars, Congress debated and passed legislation to recruit citizens to serve their country, expand the U.S. citizenry and their rights, regulate the domestic economy, and define national loyalty. These laws forever changed the nation and the everyday lives of all Americans.

Special Programs and Encounters

Explore history through hands-on objects and stories

My Capitol

Use this self guide designed for young people ages 11 and older when visiting Exhibition Hall and the Capitol Grounds.

Scavenger Hunt to Exhibition Hall

Learn about the role of Congress while participating in a fun Exhibition Hall Scavenger Hunt. Available at the entrance to Exhibition Hall.