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Bartholdi Fountain
In 1877 the United States paid $6,000 for an iron fountain sculpted by...

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Prohibited Items at the U.S. Capitol Building
In order to ensure the safety of visitors and staff and to preserve the...

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AOC gardener at the U.S. Botanic Garden
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Touching Up Columns in Statuary Hall
Next time you’re in Statuary Hall on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near...

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EVENTS

Sep
10
Wed
WEEKLY
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Tours
Mondays and Wednesdays at 12 p.m. — What do manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common? They all come from plants on permanent display in the USBG Conservatory. Take a tour with a knowledgeable guide who will connect the exotic plant world to everyday life. You might see bananas, cacao and coffee ripening on the tree or learn about the next big breakthrough in medicinal... More »
Sep
10
Wed
DAILY
Event Location:
United States Capitol
Event Tags:
Art/History Events, Educational Events, Tours
Weekdays at 2 p.m. — A special tour of the Brumidi Corridors on the first floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol enables visitors to view and learn about the ornate paintings on the walls and ceilings designed by Constantino Brumidi between 1857 and 1859. This tour, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, is offered Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. No reservations are needed. Get passes for this... More »
Sep
10
Wed
WEEKLY
Event Location:
Capitol Visitor Center
Event Tags:
Art/History Events, Educational Events, Tours
Weekdays at 3 p.m. — In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, a special tour, lasting 30 to 45 minutes, entitled "Capitol and the Congress During the Civil War," is offered Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. With stops at the Old Supreme Court Chamber and other important areas at the Capitol, this tour will explore how the Capitol was used during the Civil War, critical debates that took... More »
Sep
11
Thu
DAILY
Event Location:
Capitol Visitor Center
Event Tags:
Educational Events, Tours
Weekdays at 11 a.m. – Join a Visitor Guide to explore three unique stories about the War of 1812, often referred to as “the forgotten war.” Discover how the War Hawks convinced a majority in Congress to declare war on Great Britain. See where the British entered the Capitol and destroyed the most beautiful room in America. Listen to how the Native Americans formed a coalition to save their lands... More »
Sep
11
Thu
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Educational Events
The quintessential fruits of fall will be the main event in this cooking demonstration. Recipes will include ways to use these fruits in both savory and sweet dishes.  Time: 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.Please note: This program will be offered at 12 p.m. and repeated 12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Location: U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory Garden CourtFREE: No pre-registration required For a... More »
Sep
11
Thu
DAILY
Event Location:
United States Capitol
Event Tags:
Art/History Events, Educational Events, Tours
Weekdays at 2 p.m. — A special tour of the Brumidi Corridors on the first floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol enables visitors to view and learn about the ornate paintings on the walls and ceilings designed by Constantino Brumidi between 1857 and 1859. This tour, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, is offered Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. No reservations are needed. Get passes for this... More »
Sep
11
Thu
WEEKLY
Event Location:
Capitol Visitor Center
Event Tags:
Art/History Events, Educational Events, Tours
Weekdays at 3 p.m. — In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, a special tour, lasting 30 to 45 minutes, entitled "Capitol and the Congress During the Civil War," is offered Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. With stops at the Old Supreme Court Chamber and other important areas at the Capitol, this tour will explore how the Capitol was used during the Civil War, critical debates that took... More »
Sep
11
Thu
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Educational Events
Ready to go wild? Join the country's leading philosoforager as he uncovers the Garden of Eden all around us. Wild food is the ultimate local, natural food. Ideal for people and the planet, it is more healthful, sustainable, and flavorful than its garden variety descendants. This is one place where you get what you don't pay for. Simply go "out to eat" and take your pick! Discover how easy it is... More »
Sep
12
Fri
DAILY
Event Location:
Capitol Visitor Center
Event Tags:
Educational Events, Tours
Weekdays at 11 a.m. – Join a Visitor Guide to explore three unique stories about the War of 1812, often referred to as “the forgotten war.” Discover how the War Hawks convinced a majority in Congress to declare war on Great Britain. See where the British entered the Capitol and destroyed the most beautiful room in America. Listen to how the Native Americans formed a coalition to save their lands... More »
Sep
12
Fri
Event Location:
Capitol Visitor Center
Event Tags:
Educational Events, Tours
Come explore the wonderful world of wheat during this joint program between the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Garden. This walking tour program begins at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, where staff will lead a discussion about plant scientist and wheat pioneer Dr. Norman Borlaug. A statue of Dr. Borlaug, representing the state of Iowa, was unveiled on... More »

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