Lying in State of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

The public is invited to pay their respects to Representative Elijah E. Cummings Thursday, October 24 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Please enter through the Capitol Visitor Center.

On Thursday, October 24, the Capitol Visitor Center will be closed for normal operations, and all Capitol tours are cancelled.

On Wednesday, October 23, the second floor of the Capitol will be closed to the public. The Capitol Visitor Center will offer modified tours of the Capitol.

If you have a tour reservation and would like to reschedule, please click here or contact the Visitor Services Office at (202)226-8000.

On Friday, October 25, the Capitol Visitor Center will reopen for normal operations and Capitol tours at 8:30 a.m.

Tours of the Capitol

All visitors view the historic areas of the Capitol on a guide-led tour. The tour includes visiting the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall. The tour does not include visiting the Senate and House Galleries, which require separate passes.

The Capitol Visitor Center welcomes visitors from across the United States and around the world. Identification is not required to enter the Capitol or to enjoy a tour.

All tours, programs and activities are free of charge.

Advance Reservations

Advance reservations are recommended, but not required.

Individuals, families and small groups (of 15 and fewer people) can click here to create an account and reserve a tour date and time. You must be logged in to your account to see accurate availability. Reservations are available 90 days in advance.

U.S. residents may also contact the offices of their representative or senators. Many congressional offices offer their own staff-led tours to constituent groups of up to 15 people, and most can assist you in reserving a tour of the Capitol.

Tour services and organizations with groups of more than 15 participants should click here to access the group section of the online reservation system. Reservations for groups become available 120 days in advance.

Same-Day Passes

Same-day passes are available at the Information Desks located on the lower level of the Visitor Center. During spring, summer and some holiday periods, the availability of same-day tour passes may be limited. There may be a wait to acquire passes. Please plan accordingly and arrive early, if possible.

How Do I Cancel My Reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through your account in the Capitol Visitor Center’s online reservation system.

  1. Go to https://tours.visitthecapitol.gov (A new page will open.)

  2. Beneath the blue banner reading “Reserve a Tour of the Capitol,” click on the link to log in. (A sign in/signup dialog box will open.)

  3. In the sign in section, log in with your email address and password.

  4. Search for reservations by clicking “More” in the “My Reservations” tab.

  5. Once you have located your reservation, click the link to “Cancel.”