U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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Specialty Tours and Activities

Seen on Screen: Women in Defense

Extraordinary Ordinary People: Freedom Fighters in the Capitol CollectionFridays, April 7, 14, 21, 28 – 1:30 p.m.
Created by the U.S. government in 1941 and narrated by Katharine Hepburn, this film explores the many roles women played in preparing for World War II. Presented in conjunction with the featured exhibit, Congress and the World Wars. 20 minutes. No passes needed.

Extraordinary Ordinary People: Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collections

Extraordinary Ordinary People: Freedom Fighters in the Capitol CollectionMonday 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. Some walking involved. Get a pass at the Information Desk.

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.

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.

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.

Family Thursdays

Extraordinary Ordinary People: Freedom Fighters in the Capitol CollectionThursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 11 a.m.
Listen to a story about the 1913 suffragist parade in Washington, D.C., that paved the way for the passage of the 19th Amendment. Make a journal to honor this important moment in women’s history. 30-minute program. Meet in the entrance of Exhibition Hall. No passes needed.

Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27 – 11 a.m.
Tour the beautifully-decorated Brumidi Corridors in the U.S. Senate, an area not part of the Capitol tour. Make a whimsical journal honoring Brumidi, the artist of the Capitol. 45 minutes. No passes needed.