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Capitol Visitor Center

Capitol Visitor Center

A guide welcomes visitors to the Capitol Visitor Center for 2016 Preservation Day.

The Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) jurisdiction manages the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the main entrance for visitors to the U.S. Capitol. The entire facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol and it provides informational exhibits, a restaurant, two orientation theaters, a large auditorium and two gift shops to enhance the visitor experience.

The CVC has greatly increased public access to the U.S. Capitol, welcoming more than 17 million visitors since opening in 2008. The CVC informs and inspires guests even before they arrive at the U.S. Capitol through partnerships, outreach and a vibrant and interactive web presence at: www.visitthecapitol.gov.

The 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.

Need Assistance?

Contact the Capitol Visitor Center at 202.226.8000, book a tour online or go to visitthecapitol.gov for more details.