U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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Specialty Tours and Activities

Seen on Screen: Discover Inauguration Firsts

The Capitol during Kennedy’s InaugurationJanuary 2017, Tuesday through Friday – 11 a.m.
Which President’s Inauguration was the first to be televised? The first to include a poet? To be captured on an audio newsreel? Join Capitol Visitor Center staff to see archival footage for the answers to these questions and more. This program takes place in Exhibition Hall. No reservations or passes required.

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.

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.