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.

Special Activities at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, August 3 - 8

Outdoor Walking Tour

Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., join a 50-minute outdoor guided tour exploring the Capitol building and grounds, weather permitting. Meet outside of the Visitor Center near the bottom of the north ramp to the entrance. No passes or reservations are needed.

 

Brumidi Corridors Tours

North Brumindi CorridorA special tour of the Brumidi Corridors on the first floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol enables visitors to view and learn about the ornate paintings on the walls and ceilings designed by Constantino Brumidi between 1857 and 1859. This tour, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, is offered hourly, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. No reservations are needed. Get passes for this tour at one of the Information Desks on the lower level of the Visitor Center.

National Statuary Hall Tour

Join a 45-minute guided tour of National Statuary Hall, the former Hall of the House of Representatives. This tour is offered hourly, Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. No reservations are needed. Get passes at one of the Information Desks on the lower level of the Visitor Center.

What’s Happening in the Chambers?

Find out how to visit the visitor galleries of the House of Representatives and the Senate. This short program is offered hourly, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. No passes or reservations are needed. Inquire at Exhibition Hall.

Capitol Visitor Center Encounter

Monday through Saturday, throughout the day, interpreters in Exhibition Hall and Emancipation Hall use hands-on objects to tell a variety of stories about the Capitol and Congress including how enslaved laborers helped build the Capitol, the Dome Restoration Project, civil rights legislation, and the Capitol Rotunda. No passes or reservations are needed.