Tour the House Chamber
Legislative activities in the House of Representatives begin and end in the House Chamber. The grand space in which all this work is carried out was designed in the 19th century—and redesigned over the years—with these needs in mind. As the central space for the House, it’s the location where Members introduce, debate, and vote on legislation. The House Chamber also takes on national significance as the room where Members count electoral votes, and where Congress holds Joint Meetings and Joint Sessions, including the State of the Union. The press and the public can witness the process from the galleries or watch the proceedings on television.
A Curator’s Look at the House Chamber
The House of Representatives has changed over the centuries, and so has the place where it meets to conduct business. In this video, House Curator Farar Elliott paints a picture of what the Chamber looked like long ago, and how it looks today.
Symbolism in the House Chamber
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives meet to conduct legislative activities in the House Chamber. In this video, House Curator Farar Elliott describes the symbolism in the chamber and its artifacts.
- What’s In the House Chamber?
Browse this online exhibit to learn what makes the House Chamber so special and unique.
- Historical Highlight: The Opening of the Current House Chamber
Learn about the history of the opening of the current House Chamber.
- State of the Union
This nationally known event takes place in the House Chamber. Learn all about the State of the Union Address.
- Opening Day of the 81st Congress
Cokie Roberts, congressional correspondent and daughter of two former Members of Congress, recalls a special memory of an Opening Day of Congress in the House Chamber.
- The House Chamber in our Blog
Did you know the House of Representatives used to have desks with doorbells? Read about this and many more unique stories about the House Chamber.
- Historical Highlights on the House Chamber
Read short essays about the House Chamber's role in House history.
- The Chamber in the House Collection
See objects and images in the House Collection relating to the House Chamber.