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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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East Plaza of the Capitol Between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What the movie first (great way to rest your feet from all the walking). Then take the escorted tour which includes headphones so you can clearly hear your tour guide.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Vickima
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very special to be shown around the legislative branch of the US government. The senate and the House of Representatives. The Supreme Court is situated across the street.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank FranckinLeiden
Reviewed 1 week ago

Impressive structure. Efficient processing of visitors. Pleasant staff. Restaurants clean. You should visit the Capitol Building during your DC stay.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Road43179043454
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a great place to visit and learn. Not hard to get around and good selection in gift store. No lines to get in and wait. The movie was also veryinteresting.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank warnerarthur48
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The statues and history of Congress for Senate and House was interesting. Lots of space and nothing really revelational if you studied history. Staff was excellent with good knowledge and engaging personalities

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank wylie33
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just beware security is tight. They scan all your stuff, you must take off your coat. Absolutely no food or drink, not even an unopened water bottle. Security loves their jobs so much they’re just flat out rude and make no bones about it! Worst...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank EFW2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're in DC. the Capitol is definitely on your list. Rich in history, and steeped with knowledge, it's a brilliant spot to visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank TracingTravels
Reviewed 9 December 2018

I was attending a security meeting at the US Capitol and we used the congressional auditorium - very nice folks who managed the visitors centers - I could see many tours for the public and they were well organized and pleasant to see people enjoying...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank D C
Reviewed 3 December 2018

Get your tickets early. It's free, but helps. This places sees a tone of people, but the tours are great. Lots of good information. If you want a more private tour, as your Senator or Representative.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ryan H
Reviewed 3 December 2018

When waiting your time of tour, you can admire significant statues. The hall is very large lobby. There is also a restaurant.

Date of experience: November 2018
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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