In order to allow for the installation of scaffolding and floor, statuary, and artwork protection in conjunction with the Dome Restoration Project, the Rotunda of the Capitol will be closed from Monday, July 27 through Monday, September 7. While the Rotunda is unavailable for tours, an alternate tour route will be provided. The Capitol Visitor Center is open during the closure of the Rotunda and will offer special activities which do not require advance reservations. You can also download our new U.S. Capitol Rotunda app.

U.S. Capitol Visitor Emergency Evacuation Information

In the event of an emergency, please follow the guidance of U.S. Capitol Police Officers.

If an evacuation is ordered, the strobe lights and fire alarms will activate.

When locating an exit, you may need to use stairways to go up to the nearest exit.

Designated elevators located throughout the Capitol Visitor Center are used to evacuate individuals who are unable to climb the stairs to an exit. These evacuation elevators are marked with blue signs that read Emergency Staging Area.  A U.S. Capitol Police Officer will take control of the emergency evacuation elevator and will stop at each floor and will look for individuals waiting at the Emergency Staging Areas.  

When you hear the alarm sound:

  • Go to the closest designated Emergency Staging Area. 
  • A U.S. Capitol Police Officer will assist you onto the Emergency Evacuation Elevator and take you to the exit level.
  • If you need to request assistance, utilize a marked phone at the Emergency Staging Area.

To report an emergency or suspicious activity, please inform the nearest U.S. Capitol Police Officer.