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.

Student Programs

Student Programs at the U.S. Capitol

The Capitol Visitor Center is pleased to offer three inquiry-based student programs at the U.S. Capitol for the 2015-16 school year. 

Teachers may select one of three programs for their visit; it is not possible to attend more than one session in a day.
To make reservations OR FOR INFORMATION, please email education@visitthecapitol.gov.

Dates
October through February on selected Wednesday and Thursday mornings


Program 1 Art Appreciation for Third Graders:
The U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress (Jefferson Building)

New this year! Students compare the depiction of U.S. history and culture in the art and architecture of the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress. The program includes a visit to one or both of these iconic buildings. This program meets common core state standards and national standards for the visual arts.

Grade: 3 Number: 20-50 students per program
Length: 1 ½ hours Day: Wednesday 

Program 2 Art Appreciators:
The Art and Architecture of the U.S. Capitol

Students explore the history and culture of America by examining art and architectural elements found in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the Hall of Columns and National Statuary Hall. This program meets common core state standards and national standards for the visual arts.

Grades: 4 through 12 Number: 20-50 students per program
Length: 2 hours

 

 


 

 

Program 3 Environment Matters:
How Does a Bill Become Law?

To understand the complex way in which a bill becomes a law, students participate in activities that illustrate the process using the Chesapeake Bay and the Clean Water Acts of 1948 and 1972 as legislative examples. The program includes a visit to the Galleries of the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives. This program meets common core state standards and national standards for civics and government.

Grades: 6 through 12 Number: 20-100 students per program
Length: 2 or 3 hours, depending on option chosen