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.

New Additions to the Capitol Collection

The Capitol continues to grow and change. So does its art collection. Following a time-honored tradition, Congress commissioned a number of new works. The sculptor Lee Lawrie completed three plaques, Courage, Patriotism, and Wisdom for the Senate Chamber redecoration. Allyn Cox designed murals and decorations for the first-floor House corridors, and various sculptors produced 23 relief portraits of notable lawgivers for the redesigned House Chamber.

Capitol Hill’s first nonrepresentational sculpture, Alexander Calder’s Mountains and Clouds, was installed in the Hart Senate Office Building (1985–1986). This period also brought a new appreciation for historic works of art—and heightened concern for their proper care. A 1981 survey assessed the condition of the Capitol’s murals. Three years later, Congress began to allocate funds for their gradual conservation and restoration.

History of Congress and the Capitol

The Capitol 1945-Present

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Courage, by Lee Lawrie, 1950
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Courage, by Lee Lawrie, 1950

This plaque and companion ones, entitled Patriotism and Wisdom, were made for the newly remodeled Senate Chamber.

Collection of the U.S. Senate

Courage, by Lee Lawrie, 1950

This plaque and companion ones, entitled Patriotism and Wisdom, were made for the newly remodeled Senate Chamber.

Collection of the U.S. Senate

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