Get a pass at the Information Desk. Meet 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.
Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collections
Monday 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.
No passes needed. Meet at the entrance to Exhibition Hall.
Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 – 11 a.m.
Study different kinds of columns used for the Capitol and design your own original column in this interactive program for visitors of all ages.
Seen on Screen
Fridays – 1:30 p.m.
Presented in conjunction with Congress and the World Wars on display in Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.
- “We’re in the Army Now”
Friday, July 7
Discover how the U.S. Army used motion picture techniques to recruit women for the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II.
- “Women in Defense”
Fridays, July 14, 28
Created by the U.S. government in 1941, narrated by Katharine Hepburn and directed by John Ford, the short film “Women in Defense” explores the many roles women played in preparing for World War II.
- “Japanese Relocation”
Friday, July 21
See this historical record of the transfer of Japanese-American residents from the Pacific Coast to the American interior. Hosted by special guest Adam Berenbak of the National Archives.
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.
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.