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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Presenting the brand new Capitol Visitor Center set to open Dec. 2, 2008. This amazing and massive construction project took six years to complete and is expected to draw three million visitors annually. Architectural services were provided by RTKL Associates, Inc. The finished design located the Capitol Visitor Center below the East Capitol Grounds, so as to enhance rather than detract from the appearance of the Capitol and its historic Frederick Law Olmsted landscape. The Capitol Visitor Center contains 580,000 square feet on three levels and is approximately three-quarters the size of the Capitol itself (775,000 sq. ft.). The project footprint is actually larger than that of the Capitol by nearly 18,000 sq. ft.

Get a sneak peek of United States Capitol Visitor Center before it opens December 02, 2008. Visitors must obtain free tickets for tours on a first-come, first-served basis at the Capitol Guide Service kiosk located along the curving sidewalk southwest of the Capitol (near the intersection of First Street, S.W., and Independence Avenue.) The Capitol Visitor Center is open to visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Inauguration Day. Tours of the U.S. Capitol are conducted from 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Visitors with official business appointments may enter the Visitor Center as early as 7:15 a.m.

More information can be had by contacting the Capitol Guide Service.

Tel: 202-225-6827
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Gallery: Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony of the United States Capitol Visitor Center

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Emancipation Hall - Capitol Visitor Center Statue Of Freedom *

Lower Level - The original plaster model for the Statue of Freedom

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Emancipation Hall - Statue Of Freedom - Close Up *

Lower Level - Close up of the plaster Model for the Statue of Freedom

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Emancipation Hall - Reception Area For Capitol Visitor Center *

Lower Level - Staff member sitting behind reception desk in the brand new Capitol Visitor Center

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Emancipation Hall - Statue Of Freedom - Rear View *

Lower Level - Photo of the Statue of Freedom seen from above and behind

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Emancipation Hall - Statue Of Freedom - Over Her Right Shoulder View *

Lower Level - More complete rear-view of The plaster Model of the Statue of Freedom

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Emancipation Hall - Jeannette Rankin Bronze Statue *

Lower Level - Bronze statue of Jeanette Rankin (1880-1973) from Montana

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Emancipation Hall - Po'pay Marble Statue

Lower Level - Po’pay (1630?-before 1692)—New Mexico. Marble by Cliff Fragua, 2005, Emancipation Hall

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Emancipation Hall - Philo T. Farnsworth Bronze Statue *

Lower Level - Philo T. Farnsworth (1906-1971)—Utah - bronze by James R. Avati, 1990

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Emancipation Hall - Skylight *

Lower Level - One of two huge skylights in the Capitol Visitor Center

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Emancipation Hall - Main level Of Capitol Visitor Center

Lower Level - Panoramic view of the main level of the Capitol Visitor Center

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Emancipation Hall - John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr. Bronze Statue *

Lower Level - John L. “Jack” Swigert, Jr. (1931-1982)—Colorado bronze by George and Mark Lundeen, 1997

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Emancipation Hall - Chief Washakie Bronze Statue *

Lower Level - Chief Washakie (1800?-1900)—Wyoming -bronze by Dave McGary, 2000

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Emancipation Hall - Eusebio Francisco Kino Bronze Statue

Lower Level - Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645-1711)—Arizona - bronze by Suzanne Silvercruys, 1965

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Emancipation Hall - Sarah Winnemucca Bronze Statue *

Lower Level - Sarah Winnemucca (1844-1891)—Nevada -bronze by Benjamin Victor, 2005

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