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Exhibition Hall to Close in March

February 20, 2019

A school group explores the 11-foot-tall touchable scale model of the U.S. Capitol dome in the Capitol Visitor Center's Exhibition Hall.
March 4, 2019, is the last day to visit Exhibition Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center before the space undergoes renovations. Stop by soon to see: The gavel George Washington used to lay the cornerstone of the Capitol more than 225 years ago; The Lincoln Table, crafted from cast iron used to build the Capitol Dome and used for President Lincoln's second inauguration. You can see the picture of that inauguration with this table too; A touchable, built-to-scale model of the Capitol Dome; The Separation of Powers exhibit featuring the War Powers Resolution, President Ronald Reagan's...

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New Exhibit "Celebrating New American Gardens" opens at U.S. Botanic Garden

January 31, 2019

Waterfront Botanical Gardens, Kentucky, part of the 2019 showcase exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) presents a new exhibit "Celebrating New American Gardens" from January 31 through October 15, 2019. The exhibit showcases 21 gardens from across the United States that have created new gardens or renovated a garden within the last five years. Photos, drawings, landscape designs and project descriptions share the story of each new garden. Public gardens across America are engaging, inviting and dynamic. Gardens are living creations, as they display seasonal changes along with a constant ebb and flow. These new gardens showcase new plant collections, create...

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State of the Union Address Street Closures and Other Restrictions

January 30, 2019

The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. On February 5, 2019, President Donald J. Trump will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the Chamber of the House of Representatives beginning at 9 p.m. Given the high level of security surrounding the event, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) is responsible for a significant amount of preparation and coordination with its numerous law enforcement partners, including the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Park Police and Metropolitan Police Department. The following is specific information...

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The Cannon Building's Refreshed Rotunda

December 21, 2018

The Cannon Building rotunda has been returned to its original appearance when the building opened in 1908.
Phase 1 of the Cannon Renewal was recently completed and as members, staff and the public enter the Cannon House Office Building's historic rotunda, they will encounter something new — but it is actually something old. The rotunda has been returned to its original appearance when the building opened in 1908. This beautiful space now reflects the original intent of Superintendent of the Capitol Building and Grounds Elliott Woods and the architectural firm of Carrère and Hastings. "The colors chosen by Woods and his architectural consultants were meant to highlight and enhance the classical...

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FY 2018 Performance and Accountability Report Available

December 06, 2018

FY 2018 Performance and Accountability Report Cover
The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 is now available online. The PAR provides an overview of the agency's financial and performance results to inform Congress and the American people about what we have collectively achieved for the period October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018. Read the FY 2018 report and see highlights.

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President George H.W. Bush to Lie in State in U.S. Capitol Rotunda

December 03, 2018

The U.S. Capitol Rotunda is used for important ceremonial events, such as the lying in state of eminent citizens and the dedication of works of art.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Information on Public Viewing Hours, Prohibited Items, Street Closures and Other Restrictions The late President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018, through 7 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Members of the public and Congressional community are invited to pay their respects at the U.S. Capitol. Following a private arrival ceremony to include President Bush's family and Members of Congress at 5 p.m., the U.S. Capitol Rotunda will open to the...

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