Lying in State of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

The public is invited to pay their respects to Representative Elijah E. Cummings Thursday, October 24 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Please enter through the Capitol Visitor Center.

On Thursday, October 24, the Capitol Visitor Center will be closed for normal operations, and all Capitol tours are cancelled.

On Wednesday, October 23, the second floor of the Capitol will be closed to the public. The Capitol Visitor Center will offer modified tours of the Capitol.

If you have a tour reservation and would like to reschedule, please click here or contact the Visitor Services Office at (202)226-8000.

On Friday, October 25, the Capitol Visitor Center will reopen for normal operations and Capitol tours at 8:30 a.m.

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.