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Visitors can tour many highlights on Capitol Hill without registering.

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Ten Steps to Energy Savings and Sustainability for your Office
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Close-up of the James Madison statue in Memorial Hall.
Today marks the 265th birthday of our nation's fourth president. To...
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Conserving the Grant Memorial

By Michele Cohen

When work on the bronze components and marble pedestals is completed this fall, viewers will again see the subtle details of the original sculpture.

Up close detail of bronze figure on the Grant Memorial.
His Holiness Pope Francis addressing the crowds assembled along the West Front.
October 14, 2015
Multiple jurisdictions worked together to prepare for Pope Francis' historic arrival at the U.S. Capitol last month, treating it much like a rehearsal for the next presidential inauguration. More »
Photo of a worker in front of the kiosk.
October 9, 2015
The Cannon Renewal team explores a new way of viewing drawings in the field, bringing a 21st-century approach to field coordination and quality control as a model for the future of construction.More »
Sunset in the Capitol Rotunda.
August 5, 2015
The U.S. Capitol's rotunda is closed this month to prepare for restoration, but there are six other rotunda areas visitors should be sure to see.More »
Capitol Visitor Center rendering of south entrance.
July 29, 2015
Accessibility was a key component of the design of the Capitol Visitor Center, and we are proud to welcome visitors from all over the United States and the world.More »
Pickford Theater in the Madison Building.
July 28, 2015
Find out how our architects work the ADA into historic buildings on the Capitol Campus, given they were built before accessibility needs were recognized.More »
AOC Fire Safety team testing the smoke detectors.
July 26, 2015
A look back at how life safety relates to the Americans with Disabilities Act and what has changed on the Capitol Campus over the past 25 years.More »
Tray full of artifacts associated with the space.
July 23, 2015
When Visitor Guide John Claya encountered a guest with a visual disability near the Old Supreme Court Chamber, he used a creative tool to help her "see" the room.More »
Accessible ramp at Senate Parks near the Senate Underground Garage.
July 22, 2015
The AOC's Facilities Planning and Programming Division incorporates seemingly small improvements into the design of our facilities and their outside environments, helping not only those with disabilities, but each one of us.More »
Photo of a Roots and Reflections tour at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
July 16, 2015
The U.S. Botanic Garden is committed to welcoming every visitor by providing accessible facilities and inclusive programming.More »
One of the Architect of the Capitol's new on-demand shuttle vehicles for the Capitol Visitor Center.
July 13, 2015
The Capitol Visitor Center provides many accessibility services from shuttles, ramps and escalators to touchable objects and open captioning.More »
Ground penetrating radar drawing.
July 8, 2015
The Cannon Renewal team is using ground penetrating radar to help workers see what's inside the concrete of the Cannon Building.More »
The yellow desk in location #80 is the "Candy Desk."
June 30, 2015
Few traditions associated with Senate furniture are as intriguing as the "candy desk" on the floor of the Senate.More »
Water infiltration has led to leaking and staining in the Rotunda.
June 26, 2015
The restoration of the Rotunda will ensure this hallowed space will be enjoyed by generations of visitors, staff and members of Congress for years to come.More »
Benches in the chapel at Saint Elizabeths Hospital.
June 4, 2015
The benches of the Capitol Rotunda have also called a few other locations home over the years.More »
The AOC partners with the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School in northeast Washington, D.C.
May 13, 2015
As volunteers, the time commitment for AOC employees who mentor is not huge, but the impact they have on the students' lives certainly is.More »

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