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Explore the Senate's Decorative Art Collection

The U.S. Capitol has many exceptional furnishings and unique objects that reflect its status as the seat of our national democracy. Yet its long history as a working office building and popular public attraction has also required the purchase of a wide range of everyday items. A new section of the Senate's Art site offers a glimpse of these varied historic pieces.


Explore the Senate's Decorative Art Collection

With over 1,000 items, the Senate’s Decorative Art Collection showcases some of the nation’s most important heirlooms, as well as many everyday objects that reflect the needs of the institution and its members over the past 200 years.


The Decorative Art website is divided into four main sections: Furniture; Mirrors; Timepieces; and "Other," which includes a wide array of objects—from gavels and snuffboxes, to tableware and walking sticks. The site will continue to expand as new items are selected from the collection.


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Senate's Institutional History

It was up to the first Senate in 1789 to organize, establish its rules, and set precedents that would govern its actions in years to come, evolving into a complex legislative body.