The Capitol Visitor Center opened to the public on December 2, 2008 and serves as the new entryway to the U.S. Capitol Building. Visitors begin their tours at Emancipation Hall in the heart of the Visitor Center and learn about how government was initially established in the United States. The new structure is a state-of-the art facility with impressive architectural features, including 16,500 square feet of exhibit space, two theaters, a 530-seat restaurant and two gift shops.
The following photos of the Capitol Visitor Center will give you a glimpse of the new facility. For information about hours, accessibility and tour reservations, see a Guide to the Capitol Visitor Center.