U.S. Capitol
U.S. Capitol
4.5
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
About
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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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,187 contributions
    US legislature
    This is one of the most iconic buildings in Washington DC. The symbol of US legislature, the Capitol has the most recognizable dome in the world. Mired by the riot, part of it is covered in scaffolds. Do book the guided tour well in advance if you really want to get inside (legally).
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 16, 2022
  • Andrew N
    Hendersonville, North Carolina121 contributions
    Great Tour
    It was a great guided tour and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was amazing to see the rotunda and statues. There were several tours going on at one time so it was a little crowded. Timed entry tickets were required. Be sure to get there early to allow time to get through security.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written December 31, 2022
  • Dianna R
    3 contributions
    Book a tour, airport-like security
    Tours are well organized, but must be booked in advance. Security is comparable to airport security. Liquids and food are not allowed so plan accordingly. It’s beautiful inside and you’ll learn lots from your tour guide! Definitely recommend.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written January 1, 2023
  • Tim-1664
    Liverpool, United Kingdom385 contributions
    Brilliant Tour
    Really good tour. Knowledge guide, friendly staff. You need to book in advance (it’s free) but makes it easier. It was quiet when we sent but we got told summer is extremely busy, so make sure you book early. Definitely recommend
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 19, 2023
  • Kristin S
    Collingswood, New Jersey6 contributions
    That Rotunda Though!
    The tour of the Capitol Building was unlike any that I've done before. To think elected officials are able to move freely throughout this space while discussing the next steps for our country is awe inspiring and puts my office space to shame. The tour guides are engaging and informative and the art/statues are breath taking! Highly recommend embarking on this tour when in the area!
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 8, 2023
  • Lynn S
    League City, Texas619 contributions
    Beautiful building every American should see
    This was my 3rd time to tour the US Capitol. This time we did a tour through the Capitol Visitors Center. I wish the tour were more extensive. I don't know if that's due to 9/11 or to January 6, or both. But it is sad that a U.S. citizen cannot even step foot into our U.S. Capitol without first booking a tour. Everyone should at the least be able to go into the Capitol Rotunda. The tour guide had only been working a couple of weeks so even though she was nice, there were questions she could not answer and she wasn't very confident. I felt like we got a better tour when we did a tour with a Congressional staff. I wish they would let you go to both the U.S. House and Senate chambers. There was also one place (old Supreme Court meeting place) which we toured on the Congressional tour but not on this one. You have to reserve a time in advance (for free online).
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 27, 2023
  • Passport53
    Oxford, Alabama160 contributions
    Call your Representative before going!
    My wife contacted our House Rep.'s office prior to us leaving. They had a staff member lead us on a private tour, which was amazing. We were able to visit areas of the Capital Building that larger, private tour groups don't get to go to. Visit your reps website and look for "Constituent Services" or the like. Your rep may also be able to set up a tour of the White House but this is much more difficult to accomplish. Make to sure to contact them well before your trip as it can takes weeks for preparations to be made.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 11, 2023
  • teknoge3k
    Rocky Mount, Virginia1,493 contributions
    The Capitol is beautiful!
    We had timed tickets to visit the Capitol and it was very organized. There were a TON of people however. You need to wear the headphones the tour guide gives you otherwise you cannot hear anything. You see the crypt, the rotunda and the statue room. It's a fantastic building and you learn a lot from the free tours they offer. I highly recommend this!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 19, 2023
  • Samantha M
    Sacramento, California57 contributions
    Crowded but we’ll organized. Learned a ton of history!
    I’m so glad I booked a free tour months ago. It was crowded but organized. The tour guides give their groups headsets tuned in to their specific frequency, so we could hear our specific guide without their needing to shout over the din. My kids had a few things they were searching for, from their scavenger hunt book, so that kept them engaged. We loved finding and identifying specific state statues. And when they couldn’t find a particular one, any staff in a red sweater could help them either by memory or by consulting the pocket guide that they call carry. I was very impressed by how the plentiful, warm, knowledgeable staff managed the chaos of tourists!!!!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 28, 2023
  • mabjohnson
    Albuquerque, New Mexico18 contributions
    get tickets for a tour
    We were able to get 11 tickets for a Capitol tour from our NM Congresswoman (there are limited tickets available at the entrance). We were impressed to see the Rotunda. If you want to see the actual Senate and House chambers you need to get special passes from a Congressperson.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 1, 2023
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Reuben J
290 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
Another must see when in Washington as the building dominates the skyline and is very ornate inside. Our tour group was too big and should have been split in two. There were so many people on the tour that we couldn't all get in to the old Supreme Court. The tour is limited in that it only takes visitors to the Rotunda and a couple of other less well known places. The tour was very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable and amusing.
Written November 16, 2023
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jerseygirl07024
Fort Lee, NJ34 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
We were so excited to see that the Capitol was open again for tours. We last came to DC in June of 2022 and it was totally barricaded. Now that it’s open, you can get timed entry online and I think they allow walk ins if there’s availability. The tour includes a short movie, the dome, the crypt and the old assembly room. It is the cradle of our democracy and every American should be outraged that anyone tried to storm the Capitol. It is a national treasure and every American should go and feel the weight of the history.
Written November 13, 2023
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sfuhere
uk780 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
You have to do this if you’re in DC. I was worried we wouldn’t get in as there were no spaces on the website to reserve a tour. I needn’t have worried. We arrived around 11am on a public holiday and were able to join a tour more or less straightaway. However that was in November - obviously in summer it could be different. It starts with a well-produced film explaining the basics of what Congress is, without being boring about it. Then you join the tour itself.

The tour is not extensive and you only see the crypt, the rotunda and the statuary hall, but it’s free and fascinating nonetheless. Our guide was great, really engaging and able to answer any and all questions thrown at him. The headphones worked well and it was all really easy to follow.

The cafeteria in the basement is less impressive, full of kids on school trips and if I were you I’d give it a swerve. On the whole though I would strongly recommend anyone to do this tour, American or not.
Written November 10, 2023
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Rick Holliman
Denton, TX15 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
We pre-booked our Capitol tour through the Capitol website for a certain time allowing time for the metro & walking from the metro stop. We arrived early, got in a pretty long but fast-moving line, and asked the ticket clerk if it would be possible to get an earlier time & we were surprised that he said, "how about right now". So, we went on the next tour and our tour guide did a fantastic job. She was very knowledgeable. Although the tour is limited to just a couple of areas (understandably) it was still awesome to see & learn about our U.S Capitol building.
Written November 6, 2023
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chelsealynne
Pensacola, FL955 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
I highly recommend the Capitol tour. You will enter below ground at the front of the Capitol which is facing away from the Washington monument and the mall museums. Show up even if the tour times aren’t available online, we were able to get on an earlier tour. The tour guide was informative and it was well worth the effort and time for the free tour.
Written November 2, 2023
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LisaMNUSA
Saint Paul, MN939 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
We booked the tour on the website ourselves. The tour is free.
The building is very impressive, and the tour was great, we really enjoyed it.
Written October 27, 2023
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Whitney D
Racine, WI95 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Another must see in DC, make sure to make your reservations early as typically there will be at least 2 school groups there. They first show you a movie then take you in small groups to explore the different halls. I enjoyed the tour and our tour guide was very helpful. HOWEVER, they tell you to take the time to take pictures but that you are not supposed to leave the group which is ridicous because your group does not move around the hall so how the hell are you supposed to do that? Don't be afriad to walk away from your group in order to take the pictures that you want just be sure to make your way back. I would recommend the tour guides give everyone a few minutes to explore the area once there speal is over with so you can take the pictures you want and don't feel like you will get in trouble!
Written October 22, 2023
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Rob M
Cheyenne, WY7,606 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
Went on a Thursday and enjoyed a private tour from our senator office. Wasn't sure what to think at first, but it was above and beyond my expectations. Everywhere you turn, there's something to look at. This is worth your time.
Written October 22, 2023
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Ginge59_12
London, UK621 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Plan and prepare ahead!
If booking from the UK you need to be aware of the time zone when booking- and the need to make an account with a password etc. Not difficult but it is best to do this in advance. The same account is used for the Washington Monument. Also remember to allow time to pass through security etc. No food or drinks- but there is a lovely cafeteria.
We had a 10am tour, arrived early and was asked if we wanted to join the 9.20 tour. If you are able go early as it gets busy.
Once inside it is a joy to the eyes and brings history to life.
Make sure you take time to absorb the exhibits after the tour.
Written October 12, 2023
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Bathsheba H
6 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
Our visit was excellent. The video and tour were informative and well presented. All Capitol staff were friendly and helpful. We watched the Senate from the gallery, which was incredible. Notes: 1. You can ask your senator or congressperson for gallery passes. 2. As a visitor to the Capitol, you can access the tunnel to the Library of Congress, which is cool. 3. You must go to the Capitol Visitor Center to check in (unlike for the White House tour).
Written October 4, 2023
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