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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Open today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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East Plaza of the Capitol Between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515
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Reviewed yesterday

I requested a tour via the US Capitol website a month in advance. Upon confirmation I received a very formal and attractive reservation confirmation printout. The entire process at the US Capitol Visitor Center is well organized, and friendly as well. The US Capitol Visitor...More

Thank digitalroc
Reviewed 5 days ago

The counter/desk staff offers an OK service - not bad, not good either. The guides can be a little aggressive at times. When we visited they informed us they no longer have translation equipment, which is much needed in a place that is visited by...More

Thank haroldbox
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome Exposition Hall is big. Make sure you book a tour. Security is tight going into the building. Sadly you cannot bring any food or drinks into the Capitol, and they don't have a storage area, so that's unfortunate. Therefore it is best that you...More

2  Thank springbank
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just went to see the building and take some pics and some inquiry in the visitor’s center at 3 in the afternoon. To our surprise, they have an arranged tour per hour for free. You just have to get your passes from the desk....More

1  Thank Beukel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent the afternoon going through the Capitol Building on a tour. Security line long outside in the heat and humidity. Once inside, see a movie for @ 15 minutes--quite interesting--then get cordoned off into groups of @ 20-25 people to follow a tour guide with...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was bummed because I could not reserve a tour of the Capitol online a month before our visit. We were only going to be there for 2 days so we had a very small window of time. When we got there, we decided to...More

Thank Connie I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this addition to the Capitol. Makes an excellent gathering point and handles the crowds so much better

Thank chgotrvlr71
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visit is a must on any tourists tour of DC. There is tight security and no liquid or food of any kind is permitted...but once inside we were highly impressed! The tour was very informative and the internal decoration very impressive. Use the underground...More

Thank Keith T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour offered through the visitor center at the US Capitol was decent. I was fortunate to have visited 10 years ago and had a tour with my local representative's aide. This impacts my review unfortunately. Although this tour does a decent job giving a...More

Thank travelingisfun2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is hard to describe all there is to see, hear, read and do in the Visitor Center, because this is also the portal through which one can visit the galleries of both the US Senate and House of Representatives. The center is laden with...More

Thank Jack L
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1 June 2017|
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Response from Stephanie G | Reviewed this property |
You don't need your passport or ID to just visit the Capitol. Everyone goes through Security screening, which is basically like airport screening. However, if you want an official tour then you would have to book either... More
26 March 2016|
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Response from Mairwen1 | Reviewed this property |
You can try getting tickets at the Visitor Centre on the day if you go early. There is a limited number available on the day. The Visitor Centre is still interesting, with a good display and information on the Capitol... More
7 September 2015|
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Response from TLC62379 | Reviewed this property |
Just like the others, I think it would be best to contact the visitor center directly. My guess would be not, but that is just a guess