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Top 5 Spots to Enjoy Spring on the Capitol Campus

Spring in Washington, D.C., is one of the most beautiful times to visit the nation's capital; it is also the busiest. Learn about five beautiful, and less known spots, to enjoy the warm weather near the U.S. Capitol including where you can see more than 100 cherry blossom trees.
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Olmsted's Never-Built Retreat

Before it was cut from the budget, Olmsted had begun designing a south summerhouse; his sketches for it have been rediscovered.
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The Architect of the Capitol Sweeps Up the Past

When Jim Kaufmann, Capitol Grounds and Arboretum Director, happened across an 1891 street-sweeping map while going through cultural landscape reports, he had no idea how simple an old map could make caring for the U.S. Capitol Grounds.
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John Adams' Carriage Ride to Washington D.C., in 1800

President John Adams issued a letter to all federal agencies on May 15, 1800, directing the "removal of the public offices, clerks and papers" from the capital city of Philadelphia. In that single sentence, Adams started the final move of the U.S. government to its permanent home, the newly created city of Washington, in the District of Columbia.


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The U.S. Capitol campus is made up of more than 18.4 million square feet of facilities, and 570 acres of grounds.

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Answers to frequently asked questions about the campus art, buildings and grounds.

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Capitol Campus Map

An interactive map to help you navigate the Capitol campus, find out about projects, spot landmarks and locate accessible entrances.

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What is the largest statue in the National Statuary Hall Collection?

The statue of King Kamehameha I, donated by the state of Hawaii. The bronze statue is 9'-10" tall and stands on a 3'-6" granite base; their combined weight is approximately 15,000 pounds.

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Helpful information to maximize your time at the U.S. Capitol campus.

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