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The days of having nothing but an idle outdoor wait ahead of a U.S. Capitol tour appear to be over.

The $621 million underground U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, which opens Tuesday following six years of construction, features exhibits, orientation theaters and a restaurant. It offers Capitol guests a more comfortable and educational experience, according to the office of the Capitol architect.

The facility, built under the Capitol's east grounds to make it unobtrusive, presents historic artifacts from across the country and teaches guests about the House of Representatives and the Senate. Admission is free. Read full article »

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