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U.S. Capitol

Closed Now: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open today: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington DC, DC 20004
+1 202-226-8000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We scheduled a tour with our state rep - for the US Capitol and I’m so glad we did. We had an amazing tour guide that was so excited and happy to share the stories of how this nation was birthed. Highly recommend you do...More

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Reviewed yesterday

What an experience. We had booked an early tour for our first full day in Wahington but as the Senate were not meeting that day we went back the folowing day for seats in the Senate to watch the opening speach and watch the meeting....More

1  Thank Christine C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Free ( and that is always nice ) . Reservation is easily obtained on line . Despite the huge crowds they handle everyone very well and in a respectful way . The movie that begins the tour is informative without being boring . Our guide...More

2  Thank Rick M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice tour that was about an hour plus 13 minute video. Informative. We walked up with no reservation. On a weekday off season we got right on with the next tour. Probably 100 people in our group. Broke in to 5 groups. I would recommend...More

1  Thank 472laurak
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fun and informative free tour. We even got to see the original Supreme Court. Certainly recommend. Check the info for things you can’t bring.

1  Thank KyleKman
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took a twilight tour & it looked so impressive at night & a little piece of history to book. Be prepared to do a lot of walking to get to the Capitol, even with a tour company.

Thank R8390WSlindae
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We came to the capitol building to do their free tour. It was a little confusing because the entrance is actually below the building itself, we waited in a line to get into the building and then got our tour tickets inside. They showed us...More

Thank sarahmichele5
Reviewed 5 days ago

You must obtain a ticket for entrance and the tour. Get them the day of for free, or online in advance for a dollar. You see an excellent film about our nation's capitol and governance, and then are divided into smaller groups each led by...More

Thank george p
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautifully landscaped. Inspiring architecture. Lovely ambience. We just kept clicking away. Warm & helpful security staff as well.

Thank DipuKV
Reviewed 5 days ago

For me, this was the most memorable building of our trip! We took the tour and learned so much! History, art and politics all in one place! We were able to sit in the Senate gallery and watch a vote. Many memories were made here...More

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Meredith G
July 24, 2018|
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Response from Welsh_Bev | Reviewed this property |
We were there last week. You will be made to throw any food and water / drinks away prior to entry. We ate there and it was actually really reasonable. We also bought a hotdog and water at the mall which was under $5 per... More
Kathryn B
March 27, 2018|
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Response from 603lean | Reviewed this property |
normally, you can just go to the Capitol and stand in line for vacant tickets if you haven't booked them online. so if you get there later than your tickets say, you'll have to stand in line to get the next available... More
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Response from tlp723 | Reviewed this property |
You are able to bring bags in--there are size limitations though so check the website or with your member of Congress' office. No food or snacks at all, empty water bottles are allowed that you can refill at water fountains.