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Abraham Lincoln Statue
The statue of President Abraham Lincoln in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol...

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Located at the center of Washington, D.C., the U.S. Capitol Building and other...

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

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Paul Pfau photo.
Come hear local musician Paul Pfau perform at the U.S. Botanic Garden on...

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EVENTS

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 »
Sep
12
Fri
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Educational Events
With detailed strategies for both short-term and long-term gardening techniques, this lecture will provide details on how to create a sustainable home landscape with less time and money. From composting and mulching to planting natives, Vincent Simeone will cover all the eco-friendly essentials to make your garden healthier and more productive. Grow More With Less enables gardeners to tackle... More »
Sep
12
Fri
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
12
Fri
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
12
Fri
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Music Events
Evenings at the Conservatory are a delight. Come hear local musician Paul Pfau perform and experience the wonder of the garden! Paul Pfau (rhymes with "wow") is an award-winning singer-songwriter from the rural hills of western Maryland. His sound is often likened to a fusion between John Mayer and Michael Buble because of his crooning voice and tasteful guitar playing. In 2011 Paul was nominated... More »
Sep
13
Sat
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Educational Events
Urban agriculture has captured the attention of policymakers, urban dwellers, and those involved in the "good food movement." Yet farming in the city, similar to rural farming, is a risky venture that may not be profitable. As a result, many urban farms are formed as nonprofits rather than traditional, commercial farms, which raises the question of what a farm really is. This question has... More »
Sep
15
Mon
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
15
Mon
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
15
Mon
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
15
Mon
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 »

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