Visiting Capitol Hill can be exciting to all members of the family! It is home to the United States Capitol and Grounds, Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, Library of Congress and Botanic Garden. All public tours are free but if you are wanting to visit areas inside the Capitol beyond the Capitol Visitor Center, you must make a reservation in advance.
Guided tours of the historic Capitol begin at the orientation theaters with a 13-minute film, “Out of Many, One,” which will take you on a journey through our country’s struggle to establish the world’s first truly representative democracy and introduce you to the magnificent building that houses our Congress. Once inside the historic Capitol, visitors will see the Crypt of the Capitol, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall. All tours begin and end at the Capitol Visitor Center.
There is an exceptionally large amount of art on the Capitol Campus. For a detailed list of what to look for and where it is located click here. Also, the Botanic Garden is an absolute must-see! Its exhibits span 150 million years, educating viewers of the important role plants play in our planets survival. The garden includes the Conservatory, the National Garden and Bartholdi Park.
Conservatory: open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, including all weekends & holidays.
National Garden: open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.
Bartholdi Park: open dawn to dusk, daily, including all weekends and holidays.
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