The Capitol is one of the most widely recognized buildings in the world. It is a symbol of the American people and their government, the meeting place of the nation's legislature, an art and history museum, and a tourist attraction visited by millions every year.
Learn more about getting around the Capitol, watching Congress in session, and security procedures.
Architect of the Capitol Home Page (aoc.gov)
Capitol Visitor Center Web Page (visitthecapitol.gov)
Map of Capitol Grounds (aoc.gov)
Read essays on the history of the Capitol, including some dramatic moments, written by the Senate Historical Office.
The current Capitol building is not the only place in which the Senate has convened. These essays written by the Senate Historical Office will tell you more.
Read about the historic rooms and spaces in the Capitol.
Brumidi Corridors (PDF)
Old Supreme Court Chamber (aoc.gov)
President's Room (PDF)
Senate Vestibule (PDF)
Vice President's Room (PDF)
The works of art in the Capitol complex reflect the development of the United States and Congress. They range from bronze and marble statues to oil portraits and frescoed murals. Take a look at the Senate Art and History web page for more information about art in the Senate.
Exterior and Grounds of the U.S. Capitol (engraving)
Minton Tile (aoc.gov)
The Capitol is considered the most suitable place for the nation to pay final tribute to eminent citizens by having their remains lie in state or in honor.
The Catafalque (aoc.gov)
Find out more about the Capitol by perusing bibliographies or by linking to books on the Government Publishing Office website. (GPO)
Capitol: Art and Architecture (bibliography; PDF)
Capitol Hill in Fiction (bibliography; PDF)
Constantino Brumidi: Artist of the Capitol (GPO-govInfo)
History of the United States Capitol (GPO-govInfo)