U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Welcome to the U.S. Capitol

Specialty Tours and Activities

Seen on Screen

View and discuss archival film in conjunction with the special exhibit, “Congress and the World Wars.” 30 minutes.

“With the Marines at Tarawa”
Friday, May 12 – 1:30 p.m. 

This Oscar-winning, short documentary of the 1943 battle required the president’s approval for release to public theaters.

“History of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier”
Friday, May 26 – 1:30 p.m. 

Learn more about this national landmark.

Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection

Extraordinary Ordinary People: Freedom Fighters in the Capitol CollectionMonday through Friday – 1 p.m. Meet four ordinary Americans whose extraordinary actions changed the course of our civil rights history. This 45-minute program includes a visit to the historic Old Senate Chamber, a room not included on the Capitol Tour.

Capitol Visitor Center Encounter

Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 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.

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.

Halls of the Senate

North Brumindi CorridorMonday 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.

Family Thursdays

Extraordinary Ordinary People: Freedom Fighters in the Capitol CollectionThursdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25 – 11 a.m.
Listen to a story in the Old Senate Chamber and make a collage that recounts the legislation passed in this historic room. This 45-minute program visits part of the Capitol not on the Capitol Tour.

Capitol Grounds Tour

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

Talking Points

Join area experts for conversations about the Capitol, Congress, and American history. Presented in conjunction with the special exhibit, “Congress and the World Wars.”

Friday, May 5 – 1:30 p.m.
Susan Reyburn, co-author of the “World War II Companion,” tells the tale of how the Library of Congress saved treasured documents and assisted military intelligence during WWII.

Friday, May 19 – 1:30 p.m.
Mary Champagne and Megan Metcalf, Library of Congress reference librarians, talk about Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers, whose service to the nation influenced veterans’ affairs for generations.