Explore More of the Capitol

Get a pass at the North Information Desk. Tours begin at the entrance to Exhibition Hall. These tours are not offered May 28.

Halls of the Senate

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. It does not visit the Senate Chamber.

Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collections

Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection

Monday through Friday – 1 p.m.
Meet four ordinary Americans whose extraordinary actions changed the course of our civil rights history. This tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. 45 minutes.

Outdoor Tour of the Capitol Grounds

Outdoor Tour of the Capitol Grounds

Monday through Saturday – 1 p.m.
Explore the beautiful Capitol Grounds on this 50-minute guided walking tour. Meet outside the north entrance of the Capitol Visitor Center. No passes needed.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

No passes needed.

Family Thursdays

Family Thursdays

Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – 11 a.m.
Make a journal in honor of the Constitution, one of our proud Charters of Freedom. 30 minutes. Meet in the entrance of Exhibition Hall.

Stories in the Old Senate Chamber

Mondays, May 7, 14, 21, 28 – 10:30 a.m.
Visit the Old Senate Chamber where senators debated legislation from 1810 – 1859. Listen to a story about events that took place in this historic room. Meet in the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

Fact or Fiction Fridays

Fact or Fiction Fridays: "Lincoln"

Fridays, May 4, 11, 18, 25 – 1:30 p.m.
Compare and contrast historic facts about how Congress and the president joined efforts to pass the 13th Amendment with a short clip from Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed film, “Lincoln.” Meet in the Senate Theater in Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

History Jargon Jeopardy

Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – 10:30 a.m.
Become a contestant for the game History Jargon Jeopardy and test your knowledge of Congress, the separation of powers, and the history of the Capitol. Meet in the House Theater in Exhibition Hall.

What’s Happening in the Chambers?

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. Meet at the entrance to Exhibition Hall.

Capitol Visitor Center Encounter

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.


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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.