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Old Senate Chamber designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, this room was home to the U.S. Senate from 1819 until 1859 and later to the U.S. Supreme Court from 1860-1935.
Located north of the Capitol Rotunda is the richly decorated Old Senate...

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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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Tower crane being installed at the Cannon House Office Building.
High in the sky, about 50 feet above the roof, a crane is peeking out of the...

News & Notices

Put the Rotunda in Your Pocket

Jul 31, 2015

Screenshot from the U.S. Capitol rotunda mobile app.
​Knowing that the U.S. Capitol Rotunda would be closed to visitors between July 27 and September 7 to prepare for restoration, the Capitol Visitor Center began in January to develop a Rotunda app that allows visitors to:​ Take a virtual tour of the Rotunda with the help of 360-degree imaging Learn about each of the sculptures and paintings in the Rotunda Explore up close the fresco painting on the Rotunda ceiling Learn about the types of ceremonies that occur in the Rotunda Discover how the Rotunda was used as a hospital Find out about the Capitol Dome Restoration Project …and much...

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Kennedy Center & United States Botanic Garden present First-Ever Collaboration on Two World Premiere Productions in 2015

Jul 20, 2015

The Kennedy Center and the United States Botanic Garden present Two World Premiere Productions, The Cerulean Time Capsule and Flowers Stink, FREE at the United States Botanic Garden, September and October, 2015.
(WASHINGTON)—The Kennedy Center and the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) collaborate for the first time on two unique and inventive world premiere productions, The Cerulean Time Capsule and Flowers Stink, to be performed at the U.S. Botanic Garden in September and October, 2015. The U.S. Botanic Garden is a living museum filled with beautiful, inspiring plants as well as engaging exhibits. Part of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences 2015-2016 season and presented by the U. S. Botanic Garden, both productions are most appropriate for patrons ages seven and up. "Through this...

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"A Capitol Fourth" 2015 Concert Information

Jun 22, 2015

Photo of view from the Capitol to the National Mall in 2009.
The annual "A Capitol Fourth" concert will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, July 4, 2015. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m., is free and open to Members, their guests, staff and the general public. As is consistent with all major events, U.S. Capitol Police will have additional security measures in place. For complete concert details, visit: pbs.org/capitolfourth. Concert Entrances and Access Public Entrances to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol There will be four public entrances/security screening gates to the "A Capitol Fourth" concert. All entrances listed...

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Good News for Sustainable Landscapes

Jun 10, 2015

SITES Logo
Sustainable landscaping program SITES, developed by United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and partners, was launched today by Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI). SITES is the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. Its rating system can be applied to development projects located on sites with or without buildings—ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes and homes, and much more. SITES was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower...

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2015 Military Bands Summer Concert Series

May 26, 2015

Military Band Concert playing at night in front of the Capitol.
The 2015 series of concerts will be inaugurated by the Navy Band on Monday, June 1. All concerts will commence at 8:00 p.m. and are held on the U.S. Capitol West Front Steps (National Mall side) — weather permitting*. Set-up will begin at 4:00 p.m. Lawn chairs are allowed to be placed on the stone terrace in front of the band on the West Side of the Capitol and on the West Lawn (when available). Food is permitted; however, NO alcohol or glass bottles are allowed. [Updated: June 3, 2015] Monday Evenings 2015 U.S. Navy Band June 1*, 8, 15, 22, 29 July 6, 13, 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31...

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Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Restoration to Begin

Apr 27, 2015

Photo of the damage to be restored on the Grant Memorial.
April 27 is the 193rd anniversary of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant, and coincidentally it marks the beginning of conservation efforts to restore the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial to its original glory. The Memorial is the largest statuary group in Washington, D.C., and the sculpture of Grant is among the largest equestrian statues in the world. The care of the Grant Memorial was transferred to the Architect of the Capitol in late 2011. Weather and time have not been kind, and upon transfer, the AOC addressed immediate safety issues and repaired the most visibly deteriorated conditions throughout...

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