The Capitol Visitor Center is open July 4 for tours of the Capitol. No specialty tours or activities are scheduled.

Special Programs and Encounters

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Explore history through hands-on objects and stories

A variety of guided programs and activities are offered on a daily basis.  Pick up a copy of "This Week at the Capitol" at the Information Desks to find out about these programs and when they are offered.

Family Program in Exhibition Hall

Family Program in Exhibition Hall

Mondays and Fridays in the summer at 11 a.m. Check at the Information Desks to find out if the family program is offered on the day you visit.

This 30-minute program invites visitors of all ages to learn how the Capitol changed over time and explore how legislative decisions are made.

No reservations are needed. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall on the lower level of the Visitor Center.

Encounters

Encounters

Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - Noon

Interpreters positioned in Exhibition Hall and Emancipation Hall use hands-on objects to tell a variety of six-minute stories.  Topics include how enslaved laborers helped build the Capitol and how ordinary citizens inspired Congress to write new legislation.

Halls of the Senate

Halls of the Senate

Monday - Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Discover the beautifully decorated Senate corridors of the Capitol in this intimate look at the work of Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. This 30-minute tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. Get passes for this tour at one of the Information Desks on the lower level of the Visitor Center.

Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collections

Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collections

Monday - Friday at 1 p.m.

Meet four ordinary Americans whose extraordinary actions changed the course of our civil rights history. This 45-minute program includes a visit to the historic Old Senate Chamber, a room not included on the Capitol Tour. No reservations needed. Get pass at Information Desk.

Capitol Grounds Tour

Capitol Grounds Tour

Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m.

Explore the beautiful Capitol Grounds on this 50-minute guided walking tour. Meet outside the north entrance to the Capitol Visitor Center. No passes needed.