Special Programs and Encounters

In order to allow for the installation of scaffolding and floor, statuary, and artwork protection in conjunction with the Dome Restoration Project, the Rotunda of the Capitol will be closed from Monday, July 27 through Monday, September 7. While the Rotunda is unavailable for tours, an alternate tour route will be provided. The Capitol Visitor Center is open during the closure of the Rotunda and will offer special activities which do not require advance reservations. You can also download our new U.S. Capitol Rotunda app.

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

Monday through Friday in the summer and fall 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

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 a bill becomes a law, how enslaved laborers helped build the Capitol and how ordinary citizens inspired Congress to write new legislation.

Brumidi Corridors Tour

Monday - Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Take 30 minutes to tour the Brumidi Corridors on the first floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol and learn about the ornate paintings on the walls and ceilings designed by Constantino Brumidi between 1857 and 1859.

No reservations are needed. Get passes for this tour at one of the Information Desks on the lower level of the Visitor Center.