The US Capitol Visitor Center has so much to discover. If you are in DC and do not have time (or tickets) to take a tour, the Visitor Center is a great option. It is open 8:30-4:30 Monday-Saturday except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Inauguration Day. Admission is free. And as in most DC buildings, you will need to go through security, so be prepared.
I have walked through the Visitor Center many times since opening in late 2008, but it wasn’t until a recent visit that I noticed that there are a couple of great options to make the most of your visit, no matter your age.
Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Simply check out the book with the person at the entrance, and head on in to explore the exhibit. Just make sure to return the book upon completion of your visit.
As you make your way through the different displays, the book provides a set of clues and challenges to find things of historical significance, as well as other fun facts and details.
A Guide for Older Children/Adults
Here you will find details on not only the exhibits, but the art and architecture of the building, as well as the history related to the governmental structure of the United States. There is also a section that tells about the Capitol grounds, which during your visit to the Visitor Center, you will learn the many changes that took place to the grounds over the years.
Even MORE Resources!
These resources shared here are only two of many resources, guides, and activities for use before, during, and after your visit to the US Capitol. For those like me who have visited the Capitol many times, these resources open up a whole new array of details that I am sure you will find fascinating for your next visit to this beautiful Washington DC landmark.