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U.S. Capitol Building at Washington, DC
U.S. Capitol Building
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East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC, 20004 202 226-8000

U.S. Capitol Building: Guided Tours, Congress in Session & Exhibition Hall 

One of the most recognizable structures in Washington, DC and the world, the U.S. Capitol Building is the nerve center of American politics, a living landmark and a must-visit destination. Take a guided tour to fully experience the building's architectural wonder and inner workers, Stand in awe under the building's iconic Rotunda, then explore the artifacts, interactive exhibits and rarely-seen documents found in Exhibition Hall. If Congress is in session, witness democratic legislation in the making from the building's viewing gallery, which offers a live window onto the chamber floor. By touring the U.S. Capitol Building, you'll have the unique opportunity to experience American politics first-hand in the nation's epicenter of legislation.
 

Details

Prices -

Free
 

Hours -

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m (Mon.- Sat.)
 

Events

  • Special Exhibits
  • Congress Sessions
  • Capitol Visitor Center Encounter
 
 

Activities

  • Guided Tours
  • Historical Artifacts
  • Viewing Gallery
  • Orientation Theater
  • Interactive Exhibits
 

FAQs

  • What exhibits are at the U.S. Capitol?

    Most of the U.S. Capitol's attractions are found in Exhibition Hall. the only exhibition in the nation dedicated to the history of the legislative branch. In Exhibition Hall, you'll marvel at the building's architecture with a 11-foot Capitol Dome model, view rarely-seen documents from the National Archive and Library of Congress, and learn more about Congress through interactive exhibits. The U.S. Capitol also displays the table used for President Lincoln's Second Inauguration and President Washington's gavel used in the ceremony to lay the cornerstone of the building in 1793.
  • What items are prohibited?

    Before arriving for a tour of the U.S. Capitol, there some items prohibited from the building. Visitors are not allowed to bring liquids of any kind (including water), food or beverages, any bag larger than 18" wide x 14" high x 8.5" deep, aerosol cans or weapons of any kind. To visit the Senate or House viewing galleries, visitors are not allowed to bring electronic devices, smartphones, cameras or recording devices of any kind. Checkstands are available to safely store these items while visiting the gallery. 
 

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