Painted Portrait of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...


"Congress Investigates" exhibit includes items like this Watergate evidence.
This special exhibit at the Capitol Visitor Center is on display now through...

News & Notices

East Front Flag Pole Removal

Oct 07, 2016

Photo of the Capitol's East Front taken September 27, 2016.
The Architect of the Capitol will temporarily remove the East Front flag pole to perform routine refinishing the weekend of October 8-9, 2016. Work on the flag pole is scheduled to last one full day, beginning at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 8. The rain date for this project is scheduled for Sunday, October 9. For additional information, please contact communications@aoc.gov.

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Season's Greenings: National Parks and Historic Sites to Open Thanksgiving Day at U.S. Botanic Garden

Oct 06, 2016

The U.S. Capitol made entirely from plant materials.
Washington, DC – This year's annual U.S. Botanic Garden holiday exhibit, Season's Greenings: National Parks and Historic Places, will open Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016, and run through January 2, 2017. Immerse yourself in the sights, scents and sounds of the season with wreaths, garland, trees and thousands of blooms from exotic orchids to a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties. Throughout the Conservatory, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. In this year's...

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Live Theater Returns to the U.S. Botanic Garden

Sep 26, 2016

Flowers Stink graphic.
Following last year's exciting launch of the Kennedy Center's partnership with the U.S. Botanic Garden, Flowers Stink is back by popular demand after two Helen Hayes Award nominations, including Outstanding Theater for Young Audiences production! When struggling to write a nature-themed poem for school, a middle-school girl gives up and tweets: "#natureisboring #flowersstink." Suddenly, two zany and loveable plants magically come to life, encouraging her to open her eyes, ears and mind to the beauty all around her. Enjoy plenty of singing, dancing, folk, bluegrass, blues and gospel, all set...

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First Nail Ceremony Commences Inauguration Construction

Sep 21, 2016

Photo of the First Nail ceremony on September 21, 2016.
Today, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, joined members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies to drive in the "First Nail" marking the beginning of construction of the 2017 Presidential Inaugural platform. Ayers opened the event by saying, "The Architect of the Capitol has supported Presidential Inaugurations for more than 150 years to make the event more accessible to the public. One of the strengths of our republic is this peaceful transition of power. And it happens right here in the shadow of America's symbol of democracy, the Capitol Dome....

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Preservation Day Celebration at the U.S. Capitol

Sep 19, 2016

Preservation Day - Save the Date! Friday, September 23, 2016
When the 89th United States Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, it changed the way America views, treats, and shares its history. Join us for a fun-filled observation of this anniversary, and learn how the "People's House" — the Capitol — is preserved for all! Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers and ACHP Expert Member Robert G. Stanton explain the significance of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 Meet with the experts who research, conserve, and document the history of the Capitol Dome Tour the varied and spectacular art of the Brumidi...

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Explore the Capitol Visitor Center's Newest Exhibit

Sep 14, 2016

What did Congress pour down the drain? To find out the answer to this question and learn more about Congress and the Progressive Era, visit Exhibition Hall after your tour of the U.S. Capitol.
Taxes, national defense spending, and voting rights—today's legislative agenda or issues Congress debated during the Progressive Era? You can decide after visiting the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center's newest exhibit—part two of Congress and the Progressive Era—on display in Exhibition Hall from September 14, 2016, to March 13, 2017. From the 1890s to the 1920s, a period known as the Progressive Era, the United States experienced dramatic social, cultural, and political change. Confronted with domestic and international challenges, Congress reexamined the government's role in the economy and the...

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