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U.S. Capitol

East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington DC, DC 20004
+1 202-226-8000
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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, 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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East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington DC, DC 20004
+1 202-226-8000
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

We had gotten tour tickets through our congressman. Beautiful building. See if you can find Washington's painting on the ceiling of the rotunda. It took me a minute. I particularly liked the old House of Representatives area. There were plaques on the floor marking where...More

Thank gigi30002015
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I went there together with my family members and liked this place and building the most. It is a BIG Building accessible for the disabled people, free of charge. The area is huge, well decorated and managed. We liked it very much. Recommended for your...More

Thank Imrul
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

The building is very impressive from outside and very interesting to see from inside. Kids found the tour a little too long. We really liked the visit. The only negative is that we were instructed to to arrive 45 mins in advance. The tour itself...More

Thank Sona F
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Be sure to contact your local Congressman to get a more personal tour. So much better than walking around with hundreds of other people. Get reservations between 14-90 days before you go.

Thank Christine R
Reviewed 3 May 2017

It could have been a perfect experience, but they were pretty disorganized. They were running late. Tickets for 10:30, got iinto the theatre 15 min late. At first there was nobody to guide people to the seats, then they rushed everybody in. They turned the...More

Thank Unterwegs
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

This is a magnificent building with a lot of history. Much better than I expected. You can take photos "almost" everywhere. We had a small private tour but there were many other tours happening so it could get loud in some areas. Very worth my...More

Thank Cctrvls
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Get your local congressman to arrange a tour of the Capitol Building!! I did and it was wonderful and lots of fun. The interns take you on a personal tour and you skip all the line!! Awesome!!

Thank Sherry G
Reviewed 3 May 2017

The Capitol is one of the most historic sites in DC. Your Senator or Representative should have a person who can give you a tour. It is well worth the time.

Thank Beth W
Reviewed 3 May 2017

We took the tour of the capital.(Free) Our Tour guide was an amazing Historian We went in to rooms we could only visit from our tour. We also made our way in the capital up to the House of Representatives and the US Senate Which...More

Thank longbeach67
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Free tours are provided and our tour guide was great! He was knowledgeable and easily answered all of our questions. He was interesting and kept our attention. (He was also pretty funny.) And I was really glad that our tour guide exhibited NO favoritism or...More

Thank john m
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Eran R
24 November 2017|
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Response from Jenn1115 | Reviewed this property |
No - but you can carry a purse in the Capitol
30 September 2017|
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Response from isthatright | Reviewed this property |
It's worth a shot. The tour of the Capitol that I booked online was a little disappointing. It's very crowded and VERY noisy but the main problem was we didn't get to actually see the the floor of the Senate or the House... More
27 September 2017|
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Response from AntoAshllian | Reviewed this property |
Im not sure I understand your question.but you can only visit the capitol building with a tour.you cant do it on your own. Groups are small, the guide only speaks english and you cant separate from him. You cant wonder... More