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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center: Tours & Tickets

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East Plaza of the Capitol Between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The public US Capitol Tour blew me away as our small group made our way around the public areas. The Capitol Retunda is amazing as well as other rooms. And...I come to find I have the ability to visit my States Senate and House of...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Rsadow123
Reviewed 5 days ago

This place has the answers and the maps and all kinds of brochures that will make you want to extend the visit to Washington, DC because there is so much!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank samtrip12345
Reviewed 1 week ago

Inside the building is a great hall with many statues that reflect random moments and important person in us history. It is excellent because there are many figures from my own culture that makes me feel a little more included.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank humphreysvic2rialynn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked a tour around the capitol building and had a great 2 hours there. The introductory film explained a lot about the Congress and our guide Scott Jung was really enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He was amazing in the statue hall knowing all the statues...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Lesvrech
Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was great and educational. Our guide was exceptional. The US Capitol is magnificent, and just makes you proud to be an American. I would highly recommend this tour.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Stacey F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Visitor's Center is the entry way for a variety of tours of the Capitol Building. The tours are free and you do not need to book in advance (but upon entering the center,you will need to go thru security) ; Capitol tours leave every...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Wendybeth16
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked through our House Representative. They have only been here in DC since January when newly elected. The staff person who conducted our tour clearly was not into it and told us that they were hiring someone to take over this because He was...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Shereetravel
Reviewed 14 September 2019

We had tickets booked for a tour but we could have just turned up. Post holiday season so not too many other people around. Tour takes about 1 hour with a guide with a group of roughly 20 others.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank David D
Reviewed 2 September 2019 via mobile

An interesting and informative tour, including an indoor view of the rotunda of the capital building dome.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank meryll83
Reviewed 30 August 2019 via mobile

The architecture, ceilings, statues, rotunda, chambers, etc are all so awesome. Loved the guided tour with audio. Short film is good. Loved seeing the original chamber and where the Supreme Court once was located. You need to see this place!

Date of experience: August 2019
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8 October 2019|
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Response from Wendybeth16 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure as to availability. The guide who introduced the film made to mention of availability through other channels (either a purchasable copy or an online source) The film was called "Out of Many, One" - and was... More
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