U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Welcome to the U.S. Capitol

Plan A Visit

The United States Capitol is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world.

Visitors are welcome to enter the building through the Capitol Visitor Center, located underground on the east side of the Capitol. You can begin your Capitol experience at the Visitor Center by visiting the Exhibition Hall, perusing our Gift Shops or dining in our Restaurant. Please review the U.S. Capitol prohibited items list before your visit.

The Capitol Visitor Center, the main entrance to the U.S. Capitol, is located beneath the East Front plaza of the U.S. Capitol at First Street and East Capitol Street.

Book a Tour

Prohibited Items

Specialty Tours and Activities

Getting To The Capitol

Visitor Hours & Info

Accessibility Services

Emergency Evacuation Info

Watching Congress in Session

Where To Eat

Where To Shop

Suggested Itineraries

U.S. Capitol Map

Capitol Visitor Center Indoor Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Orientation Video