The Hart Senate Office Building is the third office structure designed and built to serve the United States Senate.
The Hart Senate Office Building is the third office structure designed and...


The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
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Image of the Official Program for the Woman Suffrage Procession, Washington, D.C., on March 3, 1913.
This special exhibit at the Capitol Visitor Center is on display now through...

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Read a blog about the art, architecture and work on the Capitol Hill written by AOC's experts.

Nearly Nine Million Visitors Later

Posted by Sharon Gang on November 30, 2012

Capitol Visitor Center Opening Ceremony
On December 2, the Capitol Visitor Center celebrates its four-year anniversary. Sharon Gang, the third member of the CVC's operations staff, reflects back to the opening four years ago.

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Capturing Bartholdi Fountain

Posted by Susanne Bledsoe on November 26, 2012

Bartholdi Fountain, 40mm, 200 ISO, f/14, 5 seconds
Each month AOC’s photography branch will break down an iconic photo of Capitol Hill and share tips and tricks for snapping beautiful images at the Capitol. This month AOC photographer Susanne Bledsoe walks us through a shot of Bartholdi Fountain in Bartholdi Park on the Capitol Grounds.

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Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives

Posted by Lori Taylor on November 26, 2012

2012 Capitol Christmas Tree arrives at U.S. Capitol
The Capitol Christmas tree has just arrived at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol! This year's tree is a 65-foot Engelmann spruce that came all the way from Colorado.

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Lincoln and the Capitol

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on November 9, 2012

Statue of Abraham Lincoln in Rotunda of U.S. Capitol
The recent attention for the movie “Lincoln” produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln draws focus on this remarkable individual, the period in which he lived and led, and his connections to the U.S. Capitol. Today, one cannot walk far in the Capitol Building without seeing a likeness or other connection to America’s 16th President and the tumultuous period he served in Congress and the White House.  

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What’s in Bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Posted by Laura Condeluci on October 25, 2012

The aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) in bloom at the National Garden
It’s fall in the Mid-Atlantic and brisk, sunny days provide opportunities for wonderful walks outdoors. Fall brings fabulous color to the U.S. Botanic Garden, so while you’re out enjoying the season, make sure to take the time to strop by and see what's in bloom.

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Capturing Autumn

Posted by Michael Dunn on October 24, 2012

The Capitol Dome in Fall 2012
Michael Dunn, AOC’s chief of photography, draws upon his 15 years of experience to share tips for photographing the Capitol Grounds in fall.

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