We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number:
+1 202-226-8000
Website
Today
08:30 - 16:30
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Sat 08:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically...

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$89.00*
and up
Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry
More Info
US$125.00*
and up
Viator VIP: Best of DC Including US Capitol and National Archives Reserved...
More Info
US$130.00*
and up
Congressional Tour of US Capitol and Major Monuments via Mini Coach

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 3,981 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1895
    Excellent
  • 736
    Very good
  • 258
    Average
  • 86
    Poor
  • 39
    Terrible
arrange a tour thru your congressman or representative

before you come. There are tour available thru the Capitol website however the private tour is more intimate. The online tour is still very good. The tour start with an excellent... read more

Reviewed yesterday
mjk_39
Add Photo Write a Review

3,981 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 3,014: English reviews
Level Contributor
29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

before you come. There are tour available thru the Capitol website however the private tour is more intimate. The online tour is still very good. The tour start with an excellent video then a guide led tour of three rooms thru the Capitol. Very informative!Also be sure to get the gallery passes from your congressman/repsentatives' office prior to visiting which... More 

Helpful?
Thank mjk_39
Huntington Beach, California
Level Contributor
23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful building with great architecture. Basic tour is very disappointing as you only see the three main public areas, and we were packed in like sardines with the many groups that were there. Security took a long time to get through. Very basic information given by the guide. Highly recommend booking a tour through congressman or senator for a better... More 

Helpful?
Thank Barb H
Level Contributor
28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a must see location in DC, but it's only as good as your guide from your state. It's usually packed and hard to get around all the people, but it's really an informative tour. We asked to see the speakers balcony but it wasn't available because it was still in the process of being put back together from... More 

Helpful?
Thank amritz
St. Petersburg, Florida
Level Contributor
105 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are some rare days gallery was closed so check before you go. You never know who you will run into so keep your eyes and ears open. If history is your thing and how laws are made don't miss this. Mighrt be a little much for the very young as they will probably get figity.

Helpful?
Thank bugsymob2007
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Get in on this tour... They give you headphones so you can hear the guide... You stand where Adams had his desk, the painting under the dome, the history the guides talk about is well versed... I would do it again... Visited the House and Senate galleries just OK- you are up and not on the floor...

Helpful?
Thank John C
Andover, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was the first time I had been to the new Capitol Visitor Center. It's very well done (should be given how much was spent -- $70m budget that ballooned to $600m). It's spacious and allows for well-organized tours. The tour involves 1) a brief but well-produced video and 2) a guided walking tour of the Crypt, Rotunda and Statuary... More 

Helpful?
Thank jaymcq
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great tour; very informative. It makes you want to get involved with our great nation. We followed the tour up with a visit to our State Representative's Office for tickets to see and sit where the State of the Union speech is given in the House of Representative's Gallery.

Helpful?
Thank Eric J
South Berwick, Maine
Level Contributor
82 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the second time I've visited the Capitol. Previously I had contacted my senator, Susan Collins, and she had arranged for a tour with someone from her office. On that trip we saw far more than we saw this time, when we chose to simply take the tour offered through the Capitol Visitor Center. Our tour this time started... More 

Helpful?
Thank Elizabeth M
Tel-Aviv Israel
Level Contributor
39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Huge impressavie building . THe entrance is always bussy and you should order a visit few days before your arrivale and even than you will find a lonf line.

Helpful?
Thank abisorkk
Barnstable, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Be sure you stop to get the Gallery passes for the House of Representatives and the Senate Gallery. Very educational tour and people very accommodating giving the tour.

Helpful?
Thank Mary H

Travellers who viewed U.S. Capitol also viewed

 

Been to U.S. Capitol? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of U.S. Capitol and other visitors
25 questions
Ask a question
over a year ago

See all questions (25)

Questions? Get answers from U.S. Capitol staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?