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In Emanuel Leutze’s mural, a group of pioneers and their train of covered wagons are pictured at the continental divide, looking towards the sunset and the Pacific Ocean. The border depicts vignettes of exploration and frontier mythology. Beneath the central composition is a panoramic view of their destination “Golden Gate,” in San Francisco Bay.
Emanuel Leutze’s mural celebrates the western expansion of the United States....

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A crowd of people visiting the Capitol during visitor hours
Please note: Many of these Capitol Hill buildings are working office buildings...

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The Architect of the Capitol is committed to the preservation and stewardship...

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The United States Capitol in 1846, with its original dome designed by Charles Bulfinch
Throughout the U.S. Capitol Building’s 220-year history, there have been many...

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Photo of US Capitol Building made of plant materials.
Repeats every day until Sun Jan 04 2015 .
Nov, Nov, Nov, Nov, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Jan, Jan, Jan, Jan
27, 28, 29, 30, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 1, 2, 3, 4
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Type:
Exhibit, Holiday Events
Each year, the U.S. Botanic Garden creates displays to give visitors one of the region's most delightful holiday exhibitions. Come explore the seven seas, guided by the light of 33 lighthouses and navigate your way through this nautical wonderland. Get your telescopes primed and keep an eye out for sea creatures, mermaids and even a pirate ship, all created with plant... More »
Photo from the 2014 lighting ceremony.
Repeats every day until Thu Jan 01 2015 .
Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Jan
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 1
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
Location:
Capitol Grounds
Event Type:
Holiday Events, Kid Friendly Events
The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit from nightfall (around 5 p.m.) until 11 p.m. each evening now through January 1, 2015. The tree was first lit by Speaker of the House John A. Boehner during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 2.  This year's tree is a white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota. It was harvested on October 29, will... More »
Photo of US Capitol Building made of plant materials.
Nov, Nov, Nov, Nov, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Jan, Jan, Jan, Jan
27, 28, 29, 30, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 1, 2, 3, 4
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Type:
Exhibit, Holiday Events
Each year, the U.S. Botanic Garden creates displays to give visitors one of the region's most delightful holiday exhibitions. Come explore the seven seas, guided by the light of 33 lighthouses and navigate your way through this nautical wonderland. Get your telescopes primed and keep an eye out for sea creatures, mermaids and even a pirate ship, all created with plant... More »
Band Photo
Repeats every week on Tuesday, and Thursday until Tue Dec 30 2014 .
Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec
4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
Thu, Tue, Thu, Tue, Thu, Tue, Thu, Tue
Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Type:
Holiday Events, Music Events
Evenings at the Conservatory are magical! Join us for live seasonal music in the Garden Court.  Please note: Limited seating available on a first come, first served basis.  Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays December 4 - 30, 2014 Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory Garden Court FREE: No pre-registration required  For a complete calendar of events... More »
Photo from the 2014 lighting ceremony.
Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Jan
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 1
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
Location:
Capitol Grounds
Event Type:
Holiday Events, Kid Friendly Events
The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit from nightfall (around 5 p.m.) until 11 p.m. each evening now through January 1, 2015. The tree was first lit by Speaker of the House John A. Boehner during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 2.  This year's tree is a white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota. It was harvested on October 29, will... More »
Photo of US Capitol Building made of plant materials.
Nov, Nov, Nov, Nov, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Jan, Jan, Jan, Jan
27, 28, 29, 30, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 1, 2, 3, 4
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Type:
Exhibit, Holiday Events
Each year, the U.S. Botanic Garden creates displays to give visitors one of the region's most delightful holiday exhibitions. Come explore the seven seas, guided by the light of 33 lighthouses and navigate your way through this nautical wonderland. Get your telescopes primed and keep an eye out for sea creatures, mermaids and even a pirate ship, all created with plant... More »
Photo from the 2014 lighting ceremony.
Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Jan
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 1
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
Location:
Capitol Grounds
Event Type:
Holiday Events, Kid Friendly Events
The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit from nightfall (around 5 p.m.) until 11 p.m. each evening now through January 1, 2015. The tree was first lit by Speaker of the House John A. Boehner during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 2.  This year's tree is a white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota. It was harvested on October 29, will... More »
Photo of US Capitol Building made of plant materials.
Nov, Nov, Nov, Nov, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Jan, Jan, Jan, Jan
27, 28, 29, 30, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 1, 2, 3, 4
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Type:
Exhibit, Holiday Events
Each year, the U.S. Botanic Garden creates displays to give visitors one of the region's most delightful holiday exhibitions. Come explore the seven seas, guided by the light of 33 lighthouses and navigate your way through this nautical wonderland. Get your telescopes primed and keep an eye out for sea creatures, mermaids and even a pirate ship, all created with plant... More »
Photo from the 2014 lighting ceremony.
Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Jan
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 1
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
Location:
Capitol Grounds
Event Type:
Holiday Events, Kid Friendly Events
The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit from nightfall (around 5 p.m.) until 11 p.m. each evening now through January 1, 2015. The tree was first lit by Speaker of the House John A. Boehner during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 2.  This year's tree is a white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota. It was harvested on October 29, will... More »
Photo of US Capitol Building made of plant materials.
Nov, Nov, Nov, Nov, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Dec, Jan, Jan, Jan, Jan
27, 28, 29, 30, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 1, 2, 3, 4
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Type:
Exhibit, Holiday Events
Each year, the U.S. Botanic Garden creates displays to give visitors one of the region's most delightful holiday exhibitions. Come explore the seven seas, guided by the light of 33 lighthouses and navigate your way through this nautical wonderland. Get your telescopes primed and keep an eye out for sea creatures, mermaids and even a pirate ship, all created with plant... More »

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