Your visit to the historic U.S. Capitol begins as you enter the Capitol Visitor Center—the main entrance to the U.S. Capitol. Through films, exhibits, and tours, you will learn about how Congress works, how this magnificent building was built, and how citizens can participate in this extraordinary experiment called representative democracy.
LOCATION AND HOURS
Location: Below the East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues
Open to the public: Mon-Sat 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Inauguration Day
Official Business: Visitors with official business appointments may enter the Visitor Center as early as 7:15 a.m.
SAFETY & SECURITY
FREQUENTLY REQUESTED INFORMATION
More information on planning your visit is available on the Capitol Visitor Center's website.