Thursday, July 4

The Capitol Visitor Center will be open Thursday, July 4, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The last tour of the day is at 3:20 p.m. Please leave time to go through security.

Families

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From discovering how the Capitol was constructed to considering laws that protect the freedoms of children, there are many activities to explore at home or during your visit to the Capitol.

How to Make a Pocket Journal

Use this video to make a pocket journal to collect memories of your visit to Capitol Hill.

Special Programs and Encounters

Let history come to life through hands-on objects and stories. See beautiful fresco paintings in the Capitol, make a legislative decision or discover how a bill becomes a law.

Resources and Activities

Explore the history of Congress and the Capitol using colorful booklets and worksheets designed for visitors of all ages.

Student Orientation Video

Watch this short student orientation video before you visit the U.S.Capitol.

Temporary Exhibits and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Come view the Capitol Visitor Center’s temporary exhibits, located on the lower level of Emancipation Hall to learn more about the work of Congress and the Capitol’s architectural history. The temporary exhibits include ten-minute films about the workings of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. You also can explore architectural models showing how the Capitol and Grounds have changed over time. Capitol Visitor Center staff further offer a number of interactive programs and activities in this space, including interpretive carts where staff members elaborate on matters ranging from how a bill becomes a law to the art and architecture of the Capitol. Please see our calendar for daily programming schedules.