This painting depicts Christopher Columbus and members of his crew on a beach in the West Indies, newly landed from his flagship Santa Maria on October 12, 1492.
This painting depicts Christopher Columbus and members of his crew on a beach...



Painted Portrait of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...


Photo of a worker in front of the kiosk.
The Cannon Renewal team explores a new way of viewing drawings in the field,...

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

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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While You Were Sleeping – AOC Masons at Work

Posted by Lori Taylor on October 18, 2012

AOC's masons repair stone on the East Front Plaza of the U.S. Capitol at 4 a.m.
It wasn't quite 4 a.m. when I arrived at the Capitol Building on Friday, October 12, and it was a chilly 48 degrees. While I was still adjusting to the darkness and cold the AOC stone masons were getting to work: cleaning the walls of the Capitol, plastering, laying stone and cutting countertops. These are just a few of the daily tasks the masons perform and that I got to watch as they set about getting the Capitol ready for another day before the rest of the employees on the Hill even woke.

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The Accessible Capitol Visitor Center

Posted by Sharon Gang on October 9, 2012

Accessible Entrance at the CVC and sign
After Sharon Gang, Communications & Marketing Manager at the Capitol Visitor Center, underwent recent knee surgery she knew getting around would be challenging. Read about her experience relying on accessibility options at the Capitol Visitor Center.

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One Team, One Mission, One Day

Posted by Sharon Gang on September 28, 2012

Hundreds of media outlets from around the world cover the Presidential Inauguration.
Inauguration at the Capitol takes a team effort to pull together, and planning for the event begins as soon as the previous inaugural ends. Take a behind the scenes look at AOC's role in this event.

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