Stewards of the iconic buildings and grounds of Capitol Hill since 1793.

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This painting by Allyn Cox depicts the cornerstone laying ceremony and is currently on display in the House Wing of the U.S. Capitol Building.
The cornerstone was laid on Wednesday, September 18, 1793, during the first...

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A virtual Map of Capitol Hill from above
View a map of the U.S. Capitol and other buildings and grounds cared for by the...

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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...

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Slave Labor Commemorative Marker in Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.
Interpreters in Exhibition Hall and Emancipation Hall use a variety of hands-on...

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Outdoor Walking Tours

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Capitol Visitor Center
Capitol Grounds

Monday - Saturday at 1 p.m. - The Capitol is set amidst 58.8 acres of winding paths, memorial trees, inviting benches and beautiful plantings that are changed seasonally. The Capitol Grounds today reflect a plan completed in 1892 by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds on their own or take a 50-minute Guide-led outdoor tour, weather permitting. The tours are offered Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m. The tours will begin at the North Gift Shop on the upper level of the Capitol Visitor Center. For more information about special tours at the U.S. Capitol, visit: http://www.visitthecapitol.gov/visit/special_activities/.

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