On this page, you will find a variety of options for your group’s visit to the U.S. Capitol. In addition to our Capitol Tour, we have education programs, Capitol Cafe lunch vouchers, and souvenir bundles from our gift shops. We hope that these offerings will help enhance your group’s visit, and we look forward to seeing you at the Capitol Visitor Center!
For information on how to reserve a Capitol Tour, click here.
For information about our education program, VOTE!, click here.
For information about our Capitol Cafe lunch voucher options, click here.
For information about our Gift Shop Souvenir Pack options, click here.
Selected Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings
Grades: Elementary, middle and high school versions available
Number: 15-50 students per program
Length: 25-minute program followed by a one-hour tour of the U.S. Capitol
Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
VOTE! is a quick, 20-25 minute pre-Capitol Tour program. Students examine both sides of an issue, take a stand, vote, and then discuss the impact.
Program 1 Environmental Legislation
A growing city needs a new water source. The easiest and cheapest source is a river on federal land in a national park. Should the city be allowed to dam the river and use the water for its citizens? Or, should the valley remain protected for the use and enjoyment of all Americans? How would you vote? This program is based on legislation actually considered and voted on in Congress. The real outcome is revealed at the end of the program.
Program 2 Cultural Legislation
A wealthy English chemist and mineralogist dies suddenly without an heir to inherit his fortune. He left his estate to the United States of America to further education. His wishes are vague, only that the funds must go to the “establishment of an institution for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” How should the United States spend these funds? How would you vote?
This program is based on legislation actually considered and voted on in Congress. The real outcome is revealed at the end of the program.
Program 3 Women’s Suffrage Centennial
LIMITED EDITION in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Program 3 is designed for middle school and high school students.
VOTE! programs meet the National Council for the Social Studies’ curriculum standards.
Click HERE to register.
For more information about visiting the U.S. Capitol, including logistics and what not to bring with you, please go to https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit.
The Capitol Cafe, located on the lower level of the Capitol Visitor Center, offers a wide range of meal choices for visitors.
For groups of 15 or more, the Capitol Cafe offers meal vouchers providing a variety of menu choices. Click on the links below to purchase vouchers for your group.
Guidelines for Reserving Capitol Cafe Vouchers
- Groups of 15 or more may order vouchers in advance of their visit here Capitol Visitors Center Catering - Washington, DC (catertrax.com)
- Groups may purchase different levels of vouchers for different group members.
- Orders are confirmed with an email from the Cafe.
- Please order vouchers a minimum of 48 hours in advance. Unconfirmed orders may be delayed.
- Vouchers can be paid for and picked up at the Capitol Cafe starting at 9 a.m. on the day of your visit.
- Payment will be processed the day of your visit. We accept cash, company checks and major credit cards. Vouchers will be distributed once payment has been received.
- Vouchers do not permit substitutions.
- For additional information or assistance, email CapitolCafe@aoc.govor call (202) 593-1768.
ORDER, PAYMENT AND PICK-UP OPTIONS
The Cafe will provide a confirmation email once your order has been received. Payment will be processed the day of your visit. We accept cash, company checks and any major credit card. Vouchers will be distributed once payment has been received.
Pay for and pick up vouchers at the Capitol Cafe during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In the event of a cancellation, you will not be charged for your order.
The Gift Shops feature a selection of products made exclusively in the U.S.A. Our merchandise is inspired by the Capitol's art and architectural treasures and includes fun and educational gifts, books, jewelry and exciting custom-designed products unavailable anywhere else.
Pre-ordered bundle packs allow groups to have souvenirs for all students without visiting the Gift Shops. Bundle packs will be ready for pick-up at the North Gift Shop at the time specified on the form. All bundle packs come in a clear bag.
Patriotic Bundle Pack $2.99
- 4”x6” American flag
- U.S. Capitol pencil
- Independence Day postcard
- Uncle Sam button
West Front Bundle Pack $4.99
- 4”x6” American flag
- U.S. Capitol pencil
- Postcard of the West Front of the Capitol
- Magnet picturing the West Front of the Capitol
- Statue bookmark*
*The Capitol Visitor Center reserves the right to substitute items of similar value based on availability.
Document Bundle Pack $6.99
- 3 U.S. Capitol pencils
- Copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
- Postcard of the historic Rotunda painting, “Declaration of Independence”