United States Capitol Exterior Tours Begin!

Now through November, The U.S. Capitol Historical Society offers an exterior walking tour of the United States Capitol, providing a unique way to see and learn about the Capitol Building and the history of the Congress. GET TICKETS for a tour away from the hassle of crowds, security constraints and long lines, you can visit and learn about The Most Famous Building in the World in a small tour group, affording participants personal attention and moving at a practical pace.

The 2 hour walking tour will explain why it took 40 years to build the original Capitol, why and how it has been continually enlarged since then, famous incidents and crucial events that took place inside it, the scope and purpose of the new Visitor Center underground, and the daily activities that occur in and around the building. Some highlights of the tour may include:

  • Union Station; gateway to the Capitol
  • The L’Enfant Plan
  • Architect William Thornton
  • The Macmillan Plan
  • Evolution of the Capitol Building
  • Evolution of the Capitol Grounds
  • House Wing
  • Senate Wing
  • Old Supreme Court
  • Old Library of Congress
  • Rotunda
  • Dome
  • Statue of Freedom
  • And much, much more…

Volunteers trained by the Society lead visitors on an extensive exterior tour around the Capitol, providing historical anecdotes and perspectives about the Congress, the origin and construction of the building itself, and the meaning of the democratic form of government. Your guide will be happy to answer your questions at the completion of the tour.


The U.S. Capitol Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, nonpartisan organization chartered by Congress to promote and interpret the history of the Capitol and the institutions housed in it.