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Capitol Hill

Items of interest on Capitol Hill.

United States Capitol West Front
credit: Senate Photography Studio
The United States Capitol

Between Constitution and Independence Avenues

Guided tours of the Capitol begin at the Orientation Theaters on the lower level of the Capitol Visitor Center. “Out of Many, One,” a 13-minute film, illustrates how this country established a new form of government, highlights the vital role that Congress plays in the daily lives of Americans, and introduces you to the building that houses the U.S. Congress.


Russell Senate Office Building
credit: Senate Photography Studio
Senate Office Buildings

The Richard Russell, Everett Dirksen, and Philip Hart Senate Office Buildings are located on Constitution Avenue on the north side of the Capitol.  These buildings house the offices of all the Senate's members and committees, and are the site of most of Senate Committee meetings.

Schedules for Senate Committee hearings and meetings are posted daily online. These buildings are open to the public.

Rayburn House Office Building
credit: Senate Photography Studio
House Office Buildings

The Joseph Cannon, Nicholas Langworth, and Sam Rayburn House Office Buildings are located on Independence Avenue on the south side of the Capitol grounds.  The buildings provide offices for all House of Representatives members and committees, are the site of most House Committee hearings and meetings. Schedules for House Committee hearings and meetings are published daily online.


Library of Congress
The Library Of Congress

First Street and Independence Avenue, SE

Each of "America’s Library buildings", named for a U.S. President (Adams, Jefferson, and Madison), contains millions of cataloged books and other print materials on 530 miles of shelving is a world-renowned research center for scholars easily accessible to both Congress and the public. Special exhibitions —including a permanent display of the Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed with movable type—make the Library a favorite tourist attraction.


United States Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court

First and East Capitol Streets, NE

“Equal Justice Under Law” is the promise on the portals of the Supreme Court building.Court sessions begin the first Monday in October and continue two weeks per month through April. Courtroom seats are available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis when the Court is in session. Twenty-minute courtroom lectures are available every hour on the half-hour when the court is not in session. Group tours are available and must be made in advance.


United States Botanic Garden
credit: Senate Photography Studio
United States Botanic Garden

First Street and Maryland Avenue, SW

Located at the base of Capitol Hill, the conservatory features more than 20,000 plants, including exotic flowers and fruit species.




The Smithsonian Institution provides visitors to Washington with culture, history, and heritage with museums, events, and festivals.  Visit their Web site for more information.  (this will take you outside senate.gov)


DC Heritage

The D.C. Heritage Tourism Coaltion is dedicated to showcasing the cultural attractions and special events in Washington to visitors from across the globe.  Go to their site for more information (this will take you outside www.senate.gov).



Washington.org is the perfect site for visitors new to Washington, D.C.  Check out their site! (this will take you outside senate.gov)



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