U.S. Capitol
08:30 - 15:30
Monday
08:30 - 15:30
Tuesday
08:30 - 15:30
Wednesday
08:30 - 15:30
Thursday
08:30 - 15:30
Friday
08:30 - 15:30
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Please note that tour reservations are required for entry. The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.
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  • Capitol South • 7 min walk
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quadmw
Canon City, CO17 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
I never dreamed the US Capitol was created with such beauty and eye catching design. Wow. Will most definitely have to go see it again and again.
Written 19 November 2022
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sheboygannancy
sheboygan211 contributions
Oct 2022
The capitol is only available on a planned visit and you just see parts of it. This is understandable given it's recent past and the position of the elected officials but it leaves no room for wandering around and exploring.
Written 4 November 2022
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Helen B
Uxbridge, UK704 contributions
Sep 2022
Tour covers limited areas given this is a working building but it's still worth seeing the dome from below and the statutory as well as hearing about the history.
Written 2 November 2022
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Becky B
Monroe, GA14 contributions
Oct 2022
This tour was awesome. You can get tickets online for free. We got tickets the same day. I kept refreshing and they opened up for the next hour. If you plan in advance, contact your congress person and you can get a personal tour of the capitol. I highly recommend it.
Written 1 November 2022
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nigel r
Colchester, UK272 contributions
Oct 2022
Well worth having to book in advance . Excellent guide though a bit of a whistle stop tour, so much to take in wouldn't have hurt to bit another 10mins or so. Allow a bit of time to get through security ( 15mins) .
Written 28 October 2022
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G_EvansWales
Brecon, UK883 contributions
Aug 2022
Despite there being scaffolding around some of the structure, the grandeur of this place was very evident.
Written 22 October 2022
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Janet C
10 contributions
Oct 2022
Tour guide only took us to the 'back' to look down the Mall. Walk to the other side and see the grand entrance. Book a free tour of the Capitol indoors - at least a month before.
Written 21 October 2022
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09robbins
Swanley, UK179 contributions
Oct 2022
You have to book a free admission ticket online in advance for a tour & arrive 30mins early to get through the queue outside for security. It's a guided tour which was most interesting & the dome is stunning inside.
Written 20 October 2022
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Susan B
13 contributions
Oct 2022
Didn't get to see much of the Capitol as we did back in 2006. Not sure if it is because of Covid or January 6th.
Written 19 October 2022
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Kathrine
707 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
We toured the Capitol through our representative’s office and it was great seeing where our government began. In the past we were able to see more, but under the guise of COVID, many places are still not open to the citizens. Hopefully places will open up again soon. But the place is beautiful and very historic-a must see.
Written 14 October 2022
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