U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Welcome to the U.S. Capitol

Resources & Activities

Interested in fun activities as you tour the U.S. Capitol? Find out cool facts, fun activities, and a little bit of history you can wow your friends with. Ask your teacher for a copy of the student self-guide, the student activity guide, or both!



My Capitol - Student Self-Guide

Designed for young people ages 11 and older, the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center’s student self-guide of Exhibition Hall includes historical background about the Capitol and Congress, directed-looking activities, and questions to encourage discussion during the tour or after at school or home. Parents and teachers may get copies of My Capitol at the Visitor Center’s North Coat Check on the upper level or download a copy here. If you’re using a mobile device, download the app here.


Discover the U.S. Capitol – Student Activity Guide

With engaging activities related to locations in the Capitol as well as American history in general, Discover the U.S. Capitol is intended for upper-level elementary-school-aged students who can use it before or after they visit the Capitol. Copies are available at the North Coat Check on the upper level of the Capitol Visitor Center, or you may download a copy here.

For further information about educational programs for students and teachers, please contact the Capitol Visitor Center’s Exhibits and Education Division at education@visitthecapitol.gov

A Capitol Adventure – Student Activity Guide

Children in grades K-2 can enjoy this fun-filled activity book about the Capitol and its history while visiting the Capitol and at home. Download a copy here.

Explore Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center using these self-guide worksheets.

A Student Tour of Emancipation Hall Statue Seek and Find: Who Am I? Design a Statue

Learn about Congress and the Capitol using these pre- and post-visit resources.

Bingo Crossword Puzzle

Exhibition Hall Scavenger Hunt

Explore Exhibition Hall using one of our self-guided scavenger hunts which are available at the entrance to Exhibition Hall. You can use the scavenger hunts while you are at the Capitol Visitor Center or use them to learn more about the artifacts and documents on our Website!


Also available at the entrance to Exhibition Hall.

Enhance your knowledge of Congress by reading these essays.




Congress by the Numbers



How Your State Gets Its Seats

Congressional Apportionment

Who Elects Our Senators?



The House of Representatives and Senate: What’s the Difference?