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The Old Supreme Court Chamber is the first room constructed for the use of the nation's highest judiciary body and was used by the Court from 1810 until 1860. Built by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, it was a significant architectural achievement, for the size and structure of its vaulted, semicircular ceiling were virtually unprecedented in the United States.
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Visitor Guide Gives Tour of Rotunda
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Photo of Capitol Hill steps.
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Photo of Saccharum officinarum.
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Where to Eat

Capitol Visitor Center

The restaurant of the Capitol Visitor Center is on the lower level and is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Freshly made soups, salads, specialty entrées, pizzas, sandwiches, desserts and beverages reflect the diverse bounty of America. Meal vouchers may be reserved ahead of time for groups of 25 or more. View the restaurant menu.

Please note that the following outside items are strictly prohibited in the Capitol, including the Capitol Visitor Center:

  • Liquid, including water
  • Food or beverages of any kind, including fruit and unopened packaged food

Read more about prohibited items in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Library of Congress

There are two cafeterias at the Library of Congress. Both are in the James Madison Memorial Building. The main cafeteria, on the sixth floor (LM 625) of the Madison Building, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but closes from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to accommodate Library employees. On the tunnel level to the Madison Building, a snack bar (LM G47) is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and vending machines are available (LM G47 and G49) during all public hours.

Supreme Court

At the Supreme Court, a cafeteria serving a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads and beverages is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please note Cafeteria service may be interrupted briefly at noon and 1 p.m. for Supreme Court employees.

U.S. Botanic Garden

Note: There are no food or beverages available at the U.S. Botanic Garden.