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In the late 19th century the architectural style of the Thomas Jefferson Building was said to be "Italian Renaissance." Today, it is recognized as a premier example of the Beaux Arts style, which is theatrical, heavily ornamented and kinetic. It is a style perfectly suited to a young, wealthy, and imperialistic nation in its Gilded Age.
The Library of Congress began in 1800 with a small appropriation to buy...

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Visitor Guide Gives Tour of Rotunda
Please note: Many of these Capitol Hill buildings are working office buildings...

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Painted Portrait of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...

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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...

Visitor Hours

Please note: Many of these Capitol Hill buildings are working office buildings. Availability and hours are subject to change, due to special events or other considerations.

 

Visitor Hours for the Buildings on Capitol Hill.

Capitol Visitor Center

Monday – Saturday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closed Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Inauguration Day.

Tours of the U.S. Capitol:
Monday – Saturday
8:50 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Visitors with official business appointments may enter the visitor center as early as 7:15 a.m.

Visit visitthecapitol.gov for more information about the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

U.S. Botanic Garden

Conservatory:
Open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, including all weekends and holidays.

National Garden:
Open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, including all weekends and holidays.

Bartholdi Park:
Open dawn to dusk, daily, including all weekends and holidays.

Visit usbg.gov for more information about visiting the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Congressional Office Buildings

House Office Buildings (Cannon, Longworth, Rayburn, Ford):
Open 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Senate Office Buildings (Russell, Dirksen, Hart):
Open to the public Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Library of Congress Buildings

All buildings are closed to the public on Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The Madison and Adams buildings are closed all other federal holidays.

Thomas Jefferson Building:
Monday – Saturday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

James Madison Memorial Madison Building:
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Entry after 6 p.m. is reserved for researchers, staff, and those attending special programs.

Saturday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

John Adams Building:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Entry after 6 p.m. is reserved for researchers, staff, and those attending special programs.

Tuesday, Friday, Saturday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Visit loc.gov/visit for more information on visiting the Library of Congress.

Supreme Court

Monday – Friday (except Federal Holidays)
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Visit supremecourt.gov/visiting for more information on visiting the Supreme Court of the United States.