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, 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.

Family Programs

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WEDNESDAYS AT 11 a.m. – Join U.S. Capitol Visitor Center educators and special guests for online summer programming. Learn about the Capitol and the Capitol Grounds, the work of Congress, and Americans who used their voices for change. Make a craft activity inspired by these topics and share your questions with us during live Zoom discussions.

These 30-minute programs are designed for family audiences, ages 5 and up.

Check out our craft videos. New 5-minute videos posted every two weeks during the summer. Take a look, gather your supplies, and we’ll create a Capitol-themed craft together.


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Design the Capitol Grounds

Wednesday, August 4 – Design the Capitol Grounds

What makes the Capitol Grounds special? Join us in craft and conversation with Melissa Westbrook, Urban Forrester, U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum. Registration: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItc--rpzoqHGeuZ8I8qP0m_1Hd5z2V3MA

Create a Bill Friend

Wednesday, August 18 – Create a Bill Friend

Learn fun facts with Capitol Visitor Center Guide Jacob Field and discover more about how a bill becomes a law as you create a bill, law or Constitution soft sculpture. Registration: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsdOGgqz0rE4o35PwnLB5CJdhTTkIoS8w

Make a Votes for Women Banner

Wednesday, September 1 – Make a Votes for Women Banner

Hear from Mackenzie Good, Collections Specialist with the Clerk of the House, about how suffragists used banners to share their message with the public and Congress. Then make a banner of your own. Registration: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItc-ivqzooG0c2iH8gVvaS4z_CT-_qRUE


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Use materials around the house to create crafts inspired by the history of the U.S. Capitol and Congress.

Build a model of the U.S. Capitol


Other Resources and Activities

Explore the history of Congress and the Capitol with colorful booklets and worksheets designed for visitors of all ages.