Free, same-day passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Exhibition Hall podium. 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.
Presented in conjunction with Congress and the World Wars, on display in Exhibition Hall. No passes needed.
Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25 – 11 a.m.
Make a collage in honor of Montana Representative Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to serve in Congress. Meet at the entrance to Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.
Fact or Fiction Fridays: “Iron Jawed Angels”
Fridays, January 5, 12, 19 – 1:30 p.m.
Contrast and compare facts to a Hollywood film clip about an historic moment that led to the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. Meet in the Senate Theater in Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.
Seen on Screen: “From Foes to Friends: The Unlikely Relationship of Eleanor Roosevelt and Senator Arthur Vandenberg”
Friday, January 26 – 1:30 p.m.
While the United Nations and the Cold War both were in their infancy, America’s role in each was defined by an unlikely alliance. Join historian Mary Jo Binker to see archival film footage and explore how Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg joined forces with former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt on the world stage. Meet in the Senate Theater in Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes. Presented in partnership with the United States Capitol Historical Society.
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.