Explore More of the Capitol

The Capitol Visitor Center will be closed December 24 and 25, and will close at 1 p.m. December 31.

Get a pass at the North Information Desk. Tours begin at the entrance to Exhibition Hall. These tours are not offered December 31.

Halls of the Senate

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. It does not visit the Senate Chamber.

Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collections

Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection

Monday through Friday – 1 p.m.
Meet four ordinary Americans whose extraordinary actions changed the course of our civil rights history. This tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. 45 minutes.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

No passes needed.

Stories in the Old Senate Chamber

Stories in the Old Senate Chamber

December 5, 12, 19, 26 Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Visit the historic chamber where senators debated legislation from 1810 – 1859. Learn about events that took place here. Meet in the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

Family Program December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
December 2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the Capitol Visitor Center. Learn how the design of the Capitol has changed in the past 200 years and then create your own mini-Capitol. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

Family Thursdays

Family Program

December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
December 2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the Capitol Visitor Center. Learn how the design of the Capitol has changed in the past 200 years and then create your own mini-Capitol. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

Seen on Screen

Seen on Screen

Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 at 1:30 p.m.
In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, watch a 5-minute clip from President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous Infamy Speech, presented before a Joint Session of Congress. Then view images from the National Archives of the speech and other documents associated with this important time in our country’s history.

Fridays, December 14, 21, 28 and Wednesday, December 26 at 1:30 p.m.
In recognition of the December anniversary of the historic night when George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River, watch a 5-minute clip from the movie, The Crossing, and discuss how the event is depicted in John Trumbull’s painting, The Capture of the Hessian Troops at the Battle of Trenton.

Capitol Tour

Monday through Saturday. Reservation holders may pick up passes at either Information Desk on the lower level. Same-day passes may be available at the South Information Desk.

What’s Happening in the Chambers?

Monday through Friday – noon. Meet at the entrance to Exhibition Hall.


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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.