Get a pass at the North Information Desk. Tours begin at the entrance to Exhibition Hall.
Halls of the Senate
Monday through Friday – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Discover the beautifully decorated Senate corridors of the Capitol in this intimate look at the work of Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. This 30-minute tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. It does not visit the Senate Chamber.
Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection
Monday through Friday – 1 p.m.
Meet four ordinary Americans whose extraordinary actions changed the course of our civil rights history. This tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. 45 minutes.
No passes needed.
Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – 11 a.m.
Create an original mobile about the three branches of government. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.
Stories in the Old Senate Chamber
Fridays, March 9, 16, 23, 30 – 10:30 a.m.
Visit the Old Senate Chamber where senators debated legislation from 1810 – 1859. Listen to a story about events that took place in this historic room. Meet in the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 20 minutes.
Fact or Fiction Fridays: Compare and contrast historic facts to a film clip.
Friday, March 9 – 1:30 p.m. “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”
Is the filibuster staged in the 1939 movie classic “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” reality or myth? Join Kate Scott, Associate Historian for the United States Senate, as she contrasts and compares a clip from the movie to real life stories about the filibuster. Meet in the Senate Theater in Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.
Fridays, March 2, 16, 23, 30 – 1:30 p.m. “The Powers of Congress”
In this classic educational film, average citizen Charles Bentley catapults into a dream world where the powers of Congress outlined in the Constitution no longer exist. Meet in the Senate Theater in Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.
What’s Happening in the Chambers?
Monday through Friday – noon.
Find out how to visit the Visitor Galleries of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Meet at the entrance to Exhibition Hall.
Capitol Visitor Center Encounter
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon.
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.
All tours and activities are subject to change. Please check at the Information Desks. The Capitol Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.