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U.S. Capitol Building at Washington, DC

U.S. Capitol Building

Category: Attractions
First Street SE, Washington, DC, 20004
202-226-8000
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U.S. Capitol Building in DC: Tours, History & Legislators in Action

With a bright white dome and classic design, this historic landmark building is the home of the country's legislative bodies. You can get passes to see the Senate and House of Representatives in action or sign up for a tour. Explore the Visitor Center, which includes numerous historic exhibits, models, statues and skylights with views of the Capitol Building's iconic dome.

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Hours -

8:30AM to 4:30PM

Prices -

Free

Events

  • Memorial Day Concert
  • A Capitol Fourth
  • Labor Day Concert

Activities

  • Tours
  • Congressional sessions
  • Visitor Center
  • History exhibits
  • Films

Visitor Center

Located on the east side of the building, the Visitor Center is partially underground. You can see skylights with views of the Capitol Dome, statues, history alcoves, a model of the building and films.

Senate & House of Representative Galleries

These galleries are where the legislative bodies of the country meet to make the laws. There are two galleries, one for the Senate and one for the House of Representatives. Passes are required for entry.

FAQs

  • What are admission and tour processes?

    Admission to the Capitol Visitor Center is free. However, passes are required for tours of the historic Capitol. To obtain passes visitors can reserve several ways
    • Through your offices of their Representative
    • Through the office of your local Senators
    • Online through the following link: http://tours.visitthecapitol.gov/
    • Same-day Tour Passes-same day passes may be available at the Public Walk-up line at the Visitors Center Information Desk. Note that during peak visitation periods, there is less likely a chance of obtaining same day passes.
    The Capitol Visitor Center is open to visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Inauguration Day. Tours of the U.S. Capitol are conducted from 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Visitors with official business appointments may enter the Visitor Center as early as 7:15 a.m.
  • What are some areas for kids at the Capitol building in DC?

    Children will enjoy the excitement of seeing the Capitol Dome through the large skylights as well as the Exhibition Hall. Before you visit, talk with your children about the significance of the building.

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