Special Tours and Activities

Outdoor Walking Tour

Monday through Saturday at 1 p.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 Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 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.

Extraordinary Ordinary People: Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collections

Monday through Friday 1 p.m., learn about four ordinary people who took on the role of freedom fighter and changed the course of civil rights history for generations of Americans. No reservations are needed for this 60-minute guided program. Get passes at one of the Information Desks on the lower level of the Visitor Center. The program begins at the entrance to Exhibition Hall.

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 at noon, Monday through Friday. 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.