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“jewell surrounded by ugly building”

Department of State
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US$400.00*
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Customized Private Sightseeing Tour of DC
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US$49.00*
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC
Reviewed 10 December 2012

this was my substitute for not getting a white house tour and I think I enjoyed this more. the rooms are very nice and look like the 18th or 19th century (like the white house ) but in an ugly 1960s building. tour was excellent and very informative AND you are allowed to take photographs plus you can walk all around the rooms...my tour was fantastic because it was just the guide, myself and two employees of the state dept so I was able to get great shoots of the rooms and furniture...go early for less people

6  Thank larrybanal
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

For anyone interested in American history, decorative arts from 1750 to 1825, or seeing where treaties have been signed and international diplomacy takes place, this tour is great. Easy to get to by metro, near other attractions, and uniquely Washington.

2  Thank CA-MR
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

We were blown away...

Starting in the 1960's, the people of the United States donated money, priceless antiques and objet, and time to transform what was an extremely bland government issue building with government issue furnishings into Amerca's Living and Dining rooms. No tax money was used. These rooms are America's home, even over and above the function of The White House. Every item of furniture, each object of art, each painting, each historical relic is museum quality and tells a story of our common history from sea to shining sea.

This is well worth the time it takes to visit. You must apply weeks in advance through the State Department web site:

https://receptiontours.state.gov/

Our tour had 6 guests and was led by a docent/guide with a security officer bringing up the rear. You must arrive 30 minutes before your tour to clear security. The tour takes an hour, maybe a little longer. be warned your tour may be cancelled on short notice, or some rooms may be off limits due to use as these rooms are in constant use.

Enjoy!

3  Thank JBT2
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

If you are a history nut - then this is really great. If not, perhaps this is not the best first stop in Washington. I like it myself but it is far away from other attractions.

2  Thank NAFTAflyer
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

The Diplomatic Reception Rooms, reception rooms that are used by Members of the Cabinet for official entertainment, are exceptional, with 18th and early 19th century furnishings, all with contributed funds. Well worth a visit!

3  Thank Aquapat
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