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.
No passes needed.
Thursdays, November 2, 9, 16, 30 – 11 a.m.
Listen to letters written to and by those who served overseas during World War II and write a message to military personnel serving overseas today. Meet at the entrance to Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.
Friday, November 17 – 1:30 p.m.
Seeking to preserve the compelling stories and experiences of American war veterans, Congress passed the Veterans’ Oral History Project Act in 2000. Megan Harris, Senior Reference Specialist from the Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress, talks about VHP’s mission and shares details about the collection of Robert Ware, a medical officer killed on D-Day. Meet at the entrance to Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.
Seen on Screen
“G.I. Bill of Rights”
Fridays, November 3, 10, 24 – 1:30 p.m.
Produced for the Army-Navy Screen Magazine for members of the armed forces, this film outlines opportunities offered by the G.I. Bill of Rights, unanimously passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt June 22, 1944. Meet in the Senate Theater in Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.
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.