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The Rosa Parks bronze statue weighs 600 pounds and the granite pedestal, partially hollowed out inside, weighs 2,100 pounds. The pedestal is made of Raven Black granite and inscribed simply with her name and life dates, “Rosa Parks/1913–2005.
On February 27, 2013, a statue of Rosa Parks commissioned by Congress was...

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The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
A few ideas to help you in planning a visit to Capitol Hill.

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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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Capitol view through bicycle spokes.
Quite a few Architect of the Capitol employees commute by bike, forming a group...

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.