The Capitol Visitor Center serves as the main entrance for visitors to the U.S. Capitol. It is a facility rich with informational exhibits, two gift shops, a cafe and two orientation theaters to enhance the visitor experience.



A plaster model of the Statue of Freedom on display for guests in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall.

In December 2018, the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Its unique location under the East Front Plaza increases public access to the U.S. Capitol.



A visitor guide shows a tour group through the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

The CVC has welcomed more than 21-million visitors from across the country and around the world. Approximately 60 percent of visitors come to the U.S. Capitol between March and July.

8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.


A visitor assistant hands a guest their tour badge at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center info desk.

The CVC is open Monday through Saturday, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Inauguration Day. From the vestibule to the balcony to the gift shops and the cafe, the CVC team strives every day to inform, involve and inspire.



Merchandise sold at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center gift shops is made in the USA.

All merchandise in the CVC is made in the USA and supports small businesses from across the country. The merchandise reflects the season as well as the U.S. Capitol and the exhibits in Exhibition Hall. Many items are made exclusively for the shops. Gift shop sales clerks help visitors find the perfect keepsakes that remind them of their U.S. Capitol experience.

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