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Address: East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number:
+1 202-226-8000
08:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Sat 08:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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.

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Go early to get free tickets. Nice tour guided and very informative about the capitol and the parliament US system.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 June 2016
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Go early to get free tickets. Nice tour guided and very informative about the capitol and the parliament US system.

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Maple Valley, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

This was interesting. I would have given this 5 stars had the place not been undergoing major work inside. We really weren't able to see much and I didn't like the tour guide. He was more interested in personal stories and about the people on the tour then getting on with history or knowledge of the building. I recommend getting... More 

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Regina, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

We headed to the US Capitol on a Friday hoping to catch the house in session. Normally, if you want to go up into the viewing galleries, you need to request a pass from your Congressman in advance. As we are Canadian, we were able to go to the information booth and show our passports which immediately got us a... More 

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Jacksonville, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Such an amazing place. I wish I had appreciated it more when I was a child and we were able to just walk in and out as we pleased. We got a tour though our Congressman, Ander Crenshaw. His very nice intern, Bailey Rider, spent 2 1/2 hours of her day standing in line for us and touring us around... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Worth pre booking your timed visit. Well worth a visit, although currently undergoing some restoratiin so not at its best

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

I've taken a US Capitol tour twice, once through the Capitol Visitor's Center and one arranged through my local congressman. Both tours were comparable, one did not offer much more than the other - both tours focused a lot on the history of the building and its artwork and its statues. Our congressional staffer/tour guide focused a bit more on... More 

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Farmington, Utah
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

We toured the Capitol yesterday with an intern from one of our state's congressional offices. It took approximately a 1/2 hour to get from their office to the capitol (walking through the underground tunnels, passing through security, and walking through the visitor's center). The visitor's center was insanely crowded, but beautiful! I was disappointed to find it was more crowded... More 

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Southlake, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

We emailed our congressman's office and was offered a free tour of the Capitol by a staff member. We got a 2-1/2 hour tour that included going in to the house chamber to observe what was going on at the time. Met our congressman too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

This is the seat of US Congress. The security to enter the Capitol is extreme - NO food or drinks even in your backpacks/purses. When we visited, it was under going major renovation & as such we could not see it in its true glory. The dome was covered & the main hall had scaffoldings erected everywhere. The main hallway... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Your elected officials can assist you in getting your timed passes to tour the Capitol. We were there when the Senate and House were in session, but couldn't get in to see an actual vote. It is under repair so a number of the famous paintings were obscured by scaffolding. Still worth the visit.

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