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A group of visitors walking in in front of the Capitol Building
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Military Summer Concert Series, 2009.
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USBG National Garden Turns 10

By Devin Dotson

Opened to the public on October 1, 2006, the National Garden is a key element of the USBG, along with the Conservatory and Bartholdi Park.

The U.S. Capitol can be seen over the wetlands area of the National Garden.
Tray full of artifacts associated with the space.
July 23, 2015
When Visitor Guide John Claya encountered a guest with a visual disability near the Old Supreme Court Chamber, he used a creative tool to help her "see" the room.More »
Accessible ramp at Senate Parks near the Senate Underground Garage.
July 22, 2015
The AOC's Facilities Planning and Programming Division incorporates seemingly small improvements into the design of our facilities and their outside environments, helping not only those with disabilities, but each one of us.More »
Photo of a Roots and Reflections tour at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
July 16, 2015
The U.S. Botanic Garden is committed to welcoming every visitor by providing accessible facilities and inclusive programming.More »
One of the Architect of the Capitol's new on-demand shuttle vehicles for the Capitol Visitor Center.
July 13, 2015
The Capitol Visitor Center provides many accessibility services from shuttles, ramps and escalators to touchable objects and open captioning.More »
Ground penetrating radar drawing.
July 8, 2015
The Cannon Renewal team is using ground penetrating radar to help workers see what's inside the concrete of the Cannon Building.More »
The yellow desk in location #80 is the "Candy Desk."
June 30, 2015
Few traditions associated with Senate furniture are as intriguing as the "candy desk" on the floor of the Senate.More »
Water infiltration has led to leaking and staining in the Rotunda.
June 26, 2015
The restoration of the Rotunda will ensure this hallowed space will be enjoyed by generations of visitors, staff and members of Congress for years to come.More »
Benches in the chapel at Saint Elizabeths Hospital.
June 4, 2015
The benches of the Capitol Rotunda have also called a few other locations home over the years.More »
The AOC partners with the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School in northeast Washington, D.C.
May 13, 2015
As volunteers, the time commitment for AOC employees who mentor is not huge, but the impact they have on the students' lives certainly is.More »
Senate Office Buildings Painting and Refinishing Branch employee.
May 5, 2015
The Senate Office Buildings Painting and Refinishing Branch gives hands-on attention to help blend vintage and new into a cohesive collection.More »
Up close photo of Memorial with Grant on a horse.
April 27, 2015
Because weather and time have not been kind to the Grant Memorial, AOC staff developed a preservation strategy to restore the Grant Memorial to its original condition.More »
Tower crane being installed at the Cannon House Office Building.
April 21, 2015
High in the sky, about 50 feet above the roof, a crane is peeking out of the Cannon House Office Building. More »
President Lincoln's funeral procession.
April 15, 2015
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, AOC Curator Barbara Wolanin details the days he lay in state at the U.S. Capitol.More »
Molten cast iron heated to more than 2,500 degrees is poured into the mold.
April 10, 2015
Last week, I had an opportunity to travel to the foundry in Salt Lake City and see firsthand how the work to re-create decorative ornaments on the Dome is done.More »
Capitol Sunset November 2014
December 22, 2014
From February's heavy snowfall to October's blood moon eclipse, take a look back at some popular moments of 2014 through the AOC's Instagram and Flickr images.More »

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