The CVC jurisdiction manages the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Completed in 2008, the facility serves as the main entrance for those visiting the U.S. Capitol Building.

The facility offers a welcoming and educational atmosphere for visitors to learn about the unique characteristics of the House, the Senate and the legislative process, as well as the history and development of the architecture and art of the U.S. Capitol. It provides exhibits, a restaurant, two orientation theaters, a large auditorium and two gift shops to enhance the visitor experience. More than 24 million people from around the world have visited the CVC since its opening.

Contact the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center at 202.226.8000, book a tour online or go to

The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is open to visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Inauguration Day.


Capitol Visitor Center Projects

Exhibition Hall Renovations

The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is redesigning Exhibition Hall. Visitors will encounter a dynamic and educational environment that will to inform, involve and inspire them about Congress’ role in the democratic process.

Recent News

Noteworthy Updates

History & Discoveries

Honoring the U.S. Capitol Guides Buried in Congressional Cemetery

Several of the men who first led tours through the U.S. Capitol are buried in Congressional Cemetery. In December 2019, a group from the Capitol Visitor Center Social Committee gathered at the cemetery to place markers on the graves of these guides and learn more about their lives.
Programs & Events

Cool Tools: Capitol Materials Cart

The new U.S. Capitol Materials Cart Program showcases a variety of AOC trades, including masonry, sheet metal, paint and wood-crafting.
Public Notice

Exhibition Hall to Close in March

March 4, 2019, is the last day to visit Exhibition Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center before the space undergoes renovations through 2021. During the renovation period, the Capitol Visitor Center will continue to offer a full calendar of tours and programs.
A talented employee of an Architect of the Capitol sheet metal shop.


Skillful Craftmanship

We serve in diverse roles applying both modern techniques and historical tradecrafts in the care and preservation of the Capitol campus.

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