Time for a Tour: Visiting the People’s House

If you are planning a trip to the U.S. Capitol and want to know more before you arrive, or if you would like to lead your students on a “virtual” tour of the House of Representatives, take a few minutes to wander through this online exhibit. You will find video tours of historic rooms and spaces, some of which are not open to the public, research resources, and teaching materials that will help bring the U.S. House to your classroom.

Tour the House Chamber

Tour the House Chamber

Legislative activities in the House of Representatives begin and end in the House Chamber. The grand space in which Members meet to debate and vote on legislation was designed in the 19th century—and redesigned over the years—with these needs in mind.

Tour Statuary Hall

Tour Statuary Hall

The Old House Chamber, now called Statuary Hall, is one of the most historic rooms of the U.S. Capitol. The House of Representatives met in this space from 1807 to 1857, before moving to the present House Chamber.

Behind-the-Scenes

Behind-the-Scenes

Historic rooms and spaces fill all corners of the U.S. Capitol. Over time the uses of many Capitol spaces evolved to accommodate the growing size and the increasing diversity of the House. Two such rooms, the Lindy Claiborne Boggs Congressional Women’s Reading Room and the Speaker’s Lobby, have long histories closely tied to the House of Representatives.

Plan Your Trip

Plan Your Trip

Access resources that will help you plan a trip to the U.S. Capitol. Learn how to make the most of your time to help students get a first-hand look at how the House of Representatives works.

Fast Facts

Learn about the framers’ vision for the newly created governing body and subsequent major developments through essays exploring the institutional powers and duties of the House of Representatives.

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Teaching Tip

Locate and research the people from your state included in the Statuary Hall Collection. Ask your students to compile of list of possible candidates (and reasons for their choices) if they had the opportunity to nominate a third person for the collection.