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.

From discovering how the Capitol was constructed to considering laws that protect the freedoms of children, there are many activities to explore at home or during your visit to the Capitol.

Special Programs and Encounters

Let history come to life through hands-on objects and stories.  See beautiful fresco paintings in the Capitol, make a legislative decision or discover how a bill becomes a law. Learn More

Resources and Activities

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

Exhibition Hall at the Capitol Visitor Center

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. Learn More