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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515
+1 202-226-8000
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East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515
National Mall
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Reviewed today via mobile

I’m a massive politics nerd and was really looking forward to doing the Capitol tour. You have to book it a month in advance and it’s an hour duration. I learned more from the pamphlet. The Capitol itself is amazing though!

Thank Jen W
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The tour started with a introductory film which helped set the scene We then where handed head sets and taken around by an informative guide We say the various public rooms - would have been nice to have also seen the actual Congress rooms but...More

Thank Collin M
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Was able to get a same-day pass to tour the Congressional Welcome Center and had a great time. I think a lot depends on the tour guide you get assigned and I really liked mine; her name was Lauren. She was very engaging, knowledgable, funny...More

Thank danielmO5972GT
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Visitor Center performs all the functions necessary to allow you to enter and visit the Capitol building. You'll undergo the usual security checks, including identity, before you get a time slot for entry. You can either roam the building independently, or get assigned to...More

1  Thank DonaldYokum
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very well organised place, unlike so many similar places on earth that are not and this was the starting point to visit everything that we could in this building. I would strongly recommend to research in advance what you can visit here...More

Thank TERRAvelista
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a Brit visiting DC for the third time, I thought it was about time I took in Capitol, and boy am I glad I did! I noted that the tours were sold out but you can get tickets on the day. We had a...More

Thank Hazel S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Call ahead to get a private tour from your senator. It is a historic building that is a must see on a trip to Washington DC

Thank lollygal
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To see the capitatol building this is where you have to begin. Here you will learn about the house of government that represents you. this is a must as you will leran alot about history and thank a vet when you are done this is...More

Thank joefocht53
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Capitol Building Visitor Centre is very interesting but to make the most of a visit, I would strongly recommend that you book one of the free tours ahead of time. If you want to see beyond the Visitor Centre, you’ll need to book because...More

Thank Mairwen1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went during April vacation for the Northeast and there seemed to be thousands of middle/high school students running around. We didn't spend long in the exhibits, but the tour was very disappointing. I don't quite understand why they were running such big tours (the...More

Thank Sherri M
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KianGaf
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
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TourGB14
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
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notv2009
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
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