U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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Specialty Tours and Activities

Preservation Day at the Capitol

When the 89th United States Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, it changed the way America views, treats, and shares its history. Join us for a fun-filled observation of this anniversary, and learn how the “People’s House” — the Capitol — is preserved for all!

  • Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers, and ACHP Expert Member, Robert G. Stanton, explain the significance of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966
  • Meet with the experts who research, conserve, and document the history of the Capitol Dome
  • Tour the varied and spectacular art of the Brumidi Corridors and find out about the painstaking work to conserve it
  • Make a special memento of your visit to the Capitol
  • And much more!

See how this magnificent working building is being preserved for the future.

Join us at the Capitol for Preservation Day! Friday, September 23, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE and open to the public.

 

Outdoor Capitol Tour of the Grounds

Outdoor Walking Tour

Monday through Saturday – 1 p.m., 50-minute guided tour exploring the Capitol building and grounds, weather permitting. Meet outside of the Visitor Center near the bottom north ramp to the entrance. No reservations or passes required.

Decorating the Corridors of Power: A Look at Constantino Brumidi

North Brumindi Corridor30 minute guided tour. Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi decorated the Senate wing of the Capitol using classical designs and American themes to emphasize the dignity and importance of Congress. This tour is offered Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 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., 60-minute program describing 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 needed. Get pass at Information Desk.

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, 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.