Explore More of the Capitol

Get a pass at the North Information Desk. Tours begin at the entrance to Exhibition Hall. These tours are not offered October 8.

Halls of the Senate

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 Collections

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.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

No passes needed.

Capitol Hill Day

Capitol Hill Day

Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join the Capitol Visitor Center and our neighbors for the first-ever Capitol Hill Day, with grounds tours, demonstrations, talks and activities that will appeal to visitors of all ages.

Dive into the history of this remarkable building. Visit our neighbors’ front steps for more outdoor activities throughout the day at the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Folger Shakespeare Library. For more information, see our website, www.visitthecapitol.gov. Weather permitting.

Capitol Hill Neighbors

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument (https://www.nps.gov/bepa)
Enjoy hands-on activities highlighting the history and nature of the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The U.S. Botanic Garden (https://www.usbg.gov/)
Explore the USBG’s fascinating history, its garden and resources. Learn more about the mission and how it relates to conservation and the importance of protecting plants. Check out the chocolate cart and make a chocolate flower pin and learn about the vanilla orchid and Thomas Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream recipe.

10 a.m. U.S. Capitol Historical Society Walking Tour (https://uschs.org)
See the neighborhood and historic sites described in “Creating Capitol Hill: Place, Proprietors, and People,” the U.S. Capitol Historical Society's latest publication. Explore the streets around the Capitol as you learn about the circumstances and compromises that were necessary to create a permanent seat for the federal government. From structures still standing to those long-since destroyed, discover how hundreds of acres of wooded farmland became one of the most important communities in the nation. Meet at the Capitol Visitor Center entrance.

The Folger Shakespeare Library (https://folger.edu/)
Explore the world’s largest Shakespeare collection which sits in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol with fun activities throughout the day for all ages: Create your own version of “Macbeth” and its famous witches and spells in an interactive family program on the front lawn; Take a selfie with beloved Shakespeare bas reliefs; Tour the Folger and its national landmark building at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. and the Reading Rooms at Noon; Picnic with Puck on the west lawn; See the Folger collection at “Form & Function: The Genius of the Book,” on view from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m..

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Library of Congress (loc.gov/events)
The Library of Congress will engage neighbors with a story time and other activities inside the historic Thomas Jefferson Building and on the front plaza. This is a great opportunity to visit the Library’s Baseball Americana exhibition!

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Smithsonian National Postal Museum (https://postalmuseum.si.edu/)
Experience the amazing history of personal communication, the U.S. Postal Service, and stamp collecting at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum just a few steps from Capitol Hill and across the street from Union Station. Explore what happens when the Post Office cannot deliver your mail through our Dead Letter Office activity. Take a selfie with Mr. and Mrs. Zip. Get a temporary tattoo of America’s most famous stamp, The Inverted Jenny. Additional activities will be offered on NPM’s terrace from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Stories in the Old Senate Chamber

Stories in the Old Senate Chamber

Mondays, October 1, 15, 22, 29 – 10:30 a.m.
Visit the historic chamber where senators debated legislation from 1810 – 1859. Learn about events that took place here. Meet in the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

Family Thursdays

Family Thursdays and Saturdays

October 4, 6, 11, 18, 20, 25, 27 Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Learn about the history of campaign buttons and create your own wearable button to take home. Meet in the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

Seen on Screen

Seen on Screen

Fridays, October 5, 12, 19, 26 – 1:30 p.m.
Watch a five-minute clip from the movie classic, The Last Hurrah and discuss the evolution of technology used for elections in the United States. Meet in the Senate Theater in Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

History Jargon Jeopardy

Tuesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 1:30 p.m.
Become a contestant and test your knowledge of Congress, the separation of powers, and the history of the Capitol. Meet in the House Theater in Exhibition Hall.

Outdoor Tour of the Capitol Grounds

Outdoor Tour of the Capitol Grounds

Monday through Saturday – 1 p.m.
Explore the beautiful Capitol Grounds on this 50-minute guided walking tour. Meet outside the north entrance of the Capitol Visitor Center. No passes needed.

Capitol Tour

Monday through Saturday. Reservation holders may pick up passes at either Information Desk on the lower level. Same-day passes may be available at the South Information Desk.

What’s Happening in the Chambers?

Monday through Friday – noon. Meet at the entrance to Exhibition Hall.


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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.