We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

U.S. Capitol

Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Book In Advance
All photos (4,988)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“capitol building”(380 reviews)
“senate chamber”(61 reviews)
“gallery passes”(70 reviews)
The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington DC, DC 20004
+1 202-226-8000
Ways to Experience U.S. Capitol
from US$43.00
More Info
from US$56.00
More Info
from US$125.00
More Info
from US$13.50
More Info
Reviews (6,054)
Filter reviews
4,619 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews capitol building senate chamber gallery passes capitol tour library of congress statuary hall congressman's office visitor center tour guide state representative local congressman public tour great tour free tour impressive building supreme court short film
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 4,619 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were very lucky that we were able to go through the congress office. Always a very good visit all tours are with guides and very informative

Thank Mary C
Reviewed yesterday

Make sure you make reservations on line or through your representatives or senators. Makes the visit much easier. Tour guide Elizabeth was very knowledgeable and k ew the names and history of every statue!

Thank Bruce B
Reviewed yesterday

Never thought that the Capitol building was this big and covered so much area. ** One hint to get past the long security lines due to the tour buses at the capital,visit the Library of Congress that is across the street. When you are done...More

Thank Ronald C
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Capitol building is a must visit just to appreciate its position in Washington DC and the size of the place, lots of steps front and back, didn't have time to do the tour but wandered around the building took in the sight of it...More

Thank TeamWard
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to the Capitol. We had prebooked and there was no queue. You can only go round with a guide, and we had strict instructions not to loose him! There were lots of people milling around, but somehow everyone manages to stay...More

Thank Josephine F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had an excellent experience and personal tour through our representative’s office. Call at least 2 months in advance.

Thank TothTravellers
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went online several weeks ago and booked our FREE tour for 9:30 AM on a weekday. There were groups of school kids, but not an overwhelming number. It was a great day to tour the Capitol with the guide who provided headsets so that...More

Thank 2D1B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Or just show up and usually passes are available. there is a free guided tour and our guide was very informative including showing us the Whisper spot. The Rotunda is breathtaking.

Thank A S
Reviewed 4 days ago

With races happening on the weekend most of the area was blocked off and we couldn't get close enough for a good picture. But a must see when you come to DC.

Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 4 days ago

Was worried it would be smaller, very happy to see that it justifies the pictures online. This is a great view from the park, a must see.

Thank 265CurtA
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 147 nearby hotels
Capitol Hill Hotel
2,056 reviews
.48 km away
The Liaison Capitol Hill DC
128 reviews
.75 km away
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
4,834 reviews
.76 km away
Kimpton George Hotel
2,304 reviews
.79 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 3,666 nearby restaurants
197 reviews
.42 km away
We the Pizza
860 reviews
.50 km away
Good Stuff Eatery
933 reviews
.49 km away
The Monocle
169 reviews
.54 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1,021 nearby attractions
Library of Congress
8,344 reviews
.16 km away
Capitol Hill
3,161 reviews
.46 km away
United States Botanic Garden
2,544 reviews
.12 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Meredith G
25 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Welsh_Bev | Reviewed this property |
We were there last week. You will be made to throw any food and water / drinks away prior to entry. We ate there and it was actually really reasonable. We also bought a hotdog and water at the mall which was under $5 per... More
Kathryn B
28 March 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Lea N | Reviewed this property |
normally, you can just go to the Capitol and stand in line for vacant tickets if you haven't booked them online. so if you get there later than your tickets say, you'll have to stand in line to get the next available... More
Google Translation
Eran R
25 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from tlp723 | Reviewed this property |
You are able to bring bags in--there are size limitations though so check the website or with your member of Congress' office. No food or snacks at all, empty water bottles are allowed that you can refill at water fountains.