COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update

The Capitol Visitor Center remains closed. Visit the Virtual Capitol Tour page to view available tour dates and times.

 

Online Gift Shop Now Open

Check out our new Online Gift Shop, https://shop.visitthecapitol.gov. All products are Made-in-the-USA, and many are created exclusively for our store. We look forward to welcoming you to the CVC Online Gift Shop.

Knowledge

H.R. 5, 28th Congress, Bill to Establish the Smithsonian Institution, 1846

The Congress shall have Power To ... promote ... useful Arts

Knowing that democracy flourishes best in an open environment with an educated citizenry, Congress has promoted public education, supported the arts and sciences, and funded extensive research, as illustrated in these documents. In that same spirit, it established the Library of Congress, now the world's largest library, with unparalleled collections in every field of human endeavor.