Update

A reservation is required for a tour of the U.S. Capitol. Visit the Plan a Visit page for information on how to obtain a reservation.

Last Day to Visit Exhibition Hall Is March 4

March 4 is the last day to visit Exhibition Hall before the space undergoes renovations. Stop by soon to see:

  • The gavel George Washington used to lay the cornerstone of the Capitol more than 225 years ago;
  • The Lincoln Table, crafted from cast iron used to build the Capitol Dome and used for President Lincoln’s second inauguration. You can see the picture of that inauguration with this table too;
  • A touchable, built-to-scale model of the Capitol Dome;
  • The Separation of Powers exhibit featuring the War Powers Resolution, President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, and the House resolution of impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.

Exhibition Hall will reopen in 2021 with a beautiful, bright space and new areas for student programs and hands-on activities. It will offer many opportunities for visitors to see how Congress affects their lives and how they can affect Congress. Combined with redesigned and engaging information about how Congress works, the goal is for visitors to leave the Capitol with an understanding of their value as engaged citizens and the importance of their role in our democratic republic.

During the renovation period, the Capitol Visitor Center will continue to offer a full calendar of tours and programs.

Check out this short video inviting you to stop by Exhibition Hall through March 4.