U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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Specialty Tours and Activities

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.

Alice Lakey and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906

“The Meat Market,” color lithograph by Carl Hassmann, Puck, June 13, 1906 Prints and Photographs Division, Library of CongressPerformances on December 21, 28, 29, and 30 at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.

Discover the story of one American who worked tirelessly and encouraged Congress to pass landmark legislation in this interactive presentation and live program: Alice Lakey and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. Part of our public programming for the exhibit “Congress and the Progressive Era” (on view through March 13, 2017) – examines the 1890s to the 1920s, a period when the United States experienced dramatic social, cultural, and political change. Confronted with domestic and international challenges, Congress reexamined the government’s role in the economy and the environment and the nation’s place in the world. This program takes place in Exhibition Hall. No reservations or passes required.

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.