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Visitors can tour many highlights on Capitol Hill without registering.

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At the AOC we are leading the effort to conserve energy across Capitol Hill.

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By the Numbers: Capitol Visitor Center

By Laura Trivers

A look at the Capitol Visitor Center's busiest season.

A visitor guide interacts with guests in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall.
August 28, 2012
Those commuting to Washington, D.C., via the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) traverse places forever connected by events that occurred more than 150 years ago during the Civil War.More »
August 22, 2012
In retaliation for the Americans' recent burning of the Canadian capital at York (Toronto), British troops descended on Washington, D.C., to set fire to much of the city. Follow the August 1814 path the British took to burn the U.S. Capitol and learn more about damage done to this historic building.More »
August 14, 2012
Sharon Gang, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Capitol Visitor Center, describes her experience meeting Jimilu Mason, an American artist with works on display at the U.S. Capitol building.More »
August 6, 2012
What had previously been an unusable outdoor tennis court on the Dirksen Senate Office Building roof was transformed by plantings.More »
Georgia Shaw working as an AOC draftsman
July 12, 2012
Georgia Shaw was the first woman hired by the AOC as a draftsman, leading to a fulfilling 29-year career with the agency. After Georgia passed, her daughter honored her mother’s legacy by including the AOC’s logo on the memorial plaque that marks her grave.More »
June 8, 2012
This AOC employee finds a way to make a meaningful difference through an annual bike-a-thon supporting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.More »
May 17, 2012
Courses taught by AOC employees help communicate business culture and expectations, as well as important skills they can apply to future educational and occupational pursuits.More »
AOC's Kevin Mulshine is proud to help others by being a blood donor.
March 4, 2012
While most people can be blood donors, only five percent of the eligible population actually donates — making AOC's Kevin and Gloria true heroes, even if they don't consider their efforts extraordinary. More »
Oil painting of a historical scene including several Presidents
February 27, 2012
Presidents Don't Sleep Here—But They're Honored in Art!More »
November 17, 2011
Preparing the Christmas tree is a true team effort for the Architect of the Capitol. Find out how we work around the clock from tree selection to arrival, decoration and lighting.More »
AOC Industrial Mechanics Jeff Weiskott and Derek Matthews
October 20, 2011
Keeping the House Office Buildings equipment in excellent shape is the job of the AOC Industrial Mechanics shop.More »
May 24, 2011
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of the stone exterior of the U.S. Capitol as well as the exteriors of all of the other buildings on Capitol Hill. As the buildings have aged, the challenge of caring for their ornate stone facades has only increased.More »
The AOC Capitol Building Mason Shop successfully relocated the Magna Carta display to the Crypt.
January 21, 2011
It took both brawn and brains to move a beautiful (and hefty) treasure when the Magna Carta display was moved from the Capitol Rotunda to its new home in the Capitol Crypt.More »
Black and white photo of the Capitol Power Plant's interior.
December 5, 2010
The plant has undergone significant changes as new buildings were built, and more modern and efficient equipment was installed, but what hasn't changed is the commitment of the staff.More »
Russell Senate Office Building 2010
May 13, 2010
To keep it in tip-top condition, the AOC spent some time studying the building's exterior in preparation to clean, repair and restore the exterior envelope of this historic Senate Office Building.More »

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