United States Capitol Visitors Center

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., is a symbol of the American people and their government, the meeting place of the nation's legislature. The Capitol also houses an important collection of American art, and is an architectural achievement in its own right. It is a working office building as well as a tourist attraction visited by millions every year.

Construction of the U.S. Capitol began in 1793. In November 1800, the U.S. Congress met in the first completed portion, the north wing. In the 1850s, major extensions to the North and South ends of the Capitol were authorized because of the great westward expansion of our nation and the resultant growth of Congress. Since that time, the U.S. Capitol and its stately dome have become international symbols of our representative democracy.

The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is the newest addition to this historic complex. At nearly 580,000 square feet, the Visitor Center is the largest project in the Capitol's more than two-century history and is approximately three quarters the size of the Capitol itself. The entire facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol so as not to detract from the appearance of the Capitol and the grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1874.

I am not planning any tours for this visit, but for anyone who wants to do so, you can go to the site and get tickets.  The Exhibition/Visitors' Center has more than enough to keep you busy for many hours.  The Visitors' Center opens at 8:30 am, so you can go as early as you'd like, or wander around downtown for a bit and then come inside for the afternoon.

Safety & Security

Before entering the Capitol Visitor Center, all visitors are
screened by a magnetometer and all items that are permitted
inside the building are screened by an x-ray device.
The following items are strictly prohibited:
• Any bag larger than 14” wide x 13” high x 4” deep
• Aerosol containers
• Any pointed object (knitting needles, letter openers, etc.
Note: pens and pencils are permitted.)
• Cans and bottles
• Electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices
• Food or beverages of any kind (The restaurant is available
to satisfy your dining needs.)
• Guns, replica guns, ammunition, and fireworks
• Knives of any size
• Mace and pepper spray
• Non-aerosol spray (Prescriptions for medical needs
are permitted.)
• Razors and box cutters 

http://www.visitthecapitol.gov/ 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Worth the trip!

    November 21, 2012

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    A former member

    Did not connect with the meetup group. Was looking for a group of people and even asked around ! I had a great time, nonetheless. Went on two tours. Library of Congress was amazing. Jefferson's book collection was astounding. So much to learn in this world...... Hope to see you all at one point soon! Mania

    November 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The lack of a specific spot at the visitors center to meetup really made this event not work for me. I couldn't find ANYONE despite arriving early and looking for 30 minutes

    November 10, 2012

  • Gail B.

    Hey everybody, I have a big problem with a sick dog I am not going to be able to leave all day, so I am going to have to pass on this. I am not going to cancel since you don't need the group to do this, but it would be nice if someone would step up to be a contact there for those who would like to hook up with others. As Michael said, yes this is more of a wander in than a collective meetup since it's perusing the exhibits at the visitors center, which people are going to do at their own speed based on what interests them. It is very much worth the trip for those who haven't seen the new visitors center and even for those who have who didn't spend much time in the exhibits. Really sorry to have to bail on you, but I hope many of you still go. Again, if anyone is willing to step up and be point on this, it would be appreciated. Thanks.

    November 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Gail,
    This will be my first event so where do we meet? What time? I will be taking the metro in. How will I find you and others? Thanks. I am looking forward to this.

    November 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Gail is there a metro stop for this location? Commute or parking suggestions for the event?

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gail
    Will our group not be going on the standard tour?
    Thanks
    Kevin

    November 4, 2012

    • Gail B.

      No as I said above, I am not planning to do a tour. The group did one earlier this year and I did one last year. But anyone who wants to take the tour while they're there are welcome to do so. The visitors center/museum in and of itself is worth a trip and can keep you busy for several hours.

      November 4, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Gail. I saw your note but I thought I must be misunderstanding something so I asked...

      November 4, 2012

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