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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Open today: 08:30 - 16:30
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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

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Thank heikkih722
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tour was about 45 min with a brief video before. The guides were very nice and accommodating. Was able to get elevator pass for my husband so he didn't have to worry about the steps. You wear head phones to listen to your guide which...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank stephaniem700
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good tour of a historic place. We went over the night before to check out where the entry was and spoke to the policeman on duty who was very helpful and gave us a few pointers on how the system worked. We got there early...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You have to go on this tour! Your pay for a guide who can take you through the US Capitol. My favorite part was the trip to the Rotunda, which has beautiful paintings and statues underneath the dome of the Capitol. You can contact your...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank scottcA3501RE
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the CVC when on a business trip to the Capitol. Clearly a lot of money and thought have been invested in the Centre. It is well worth visiting to understand the history of the home of US democracy. Recommended.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank StepneyTraveller
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Book online in advance, but this tour of about 1 1/2 hours is well worth it. We had a well informed tour guide (who, ironically was British!) and were impressed by the architecture and history of our nation’s capitol. Tour included the old Senate and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Charles S
Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

The US Capitol Visitor’s Center is located under the US Capitol with access from the 1st Street side of the US Capitol. The facility its self is magnificent, taking 8 years and $600 Million Dollars to build. It’s truly a tribute to the American people...More

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
25 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
6 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