United States Capitol Visitors Center

History Museum and Capitol Building
US Capitol Building (East Capitol Street, NE & First Street, NE), Washington, D.C. 20016, United States
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    • 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
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    • 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
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    • 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
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  • Mon
    • 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
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  • Stephen S.

    Be sure to check out the statue of John L. "Jack" Swiggert, Jr., Apollo 13 astronaut (played by Kevin Bacon in the movie) and Congressman Elect from Colorado (he died before taking office).

    Stephen Schimpf · 1 week ago
  • Justin M.

    Overpriced food here. Better of going to one of the House or Senate office buildings or the restaurants along Pennsylvania Ave.

    Justin Metzger · March 4
  • Jed C.

    You can now bring empty water bottles in the building. (At least we were able to for our toddler)

    Jed Christiansen · October 3, 2014
  • Scott Z.

    Get your pass ahead of tıme or prepare to waıt. Excellent experıence. Highly recommend!

    Scott Z · August 24, 2014
  • Dirty B.

    Great tours! Docents are knowledgeable

    Dirty Bird · August 9, 2014
  • Paul M.

    Get off at the Smithsonian Metro if you are getting here. Any other station is too far.

    Paul Mampilli · August 7, 2014
  • Gelly B.

    No food or liquids allowed! So if you have a backpack, leave it at the cloak room at the library congress, Jefferson building. There is a tunnel connecting the two buildings.

    Gelly B · April 22, 2014
  • Natnat Y.

    I don't like it here!

    Natnat Yu · March 28, 2014
  • Mark F.

    Come early - it opens at 830 am

    Mark Fallows · September 20, 2013
  • Dev S.

    Liquid not allowed. But they allow empty bottles.

    Dev Shah · August 10, 2013
  • ThePurplePassport.com

    Tours start at the Capitol Visitor Center and begin with a 13-minute film, followed by viewings of the Crypt of the Capitol, the Rotunda, & National Statuary Hall. They usually last an hour. Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · June 27, 2013
  • Kevin T.

    The doors are real heavy

    Kevin Triskett · May 23, 2013
  • John N.

    Buy your Capitol gifts elsewhere-the prices here are really high.

    John Nelson · May 11, 2013
  • Matthew H.

    Security is tight. Leave most items at hotel. No food, no empty water containers, pretty much just you and maybe paper.

    Matthew Hudson · May 9, 2013
  • Dan W.

    Leave your drinks, food, and sense of privacy at the door. Less friendly than TSA guards will ruin your visit.

    Dan Waylonis · May 6, 2013
  • Harjit

    Friendly staff and well managed and organized.

    Harjit · May 1, 2013
  • Harjit

    Staff are very helpful and courteous. The guided tours are well done and well organized. They provide headphones so you can hear the guide speak.

    Harjit · April 24, 2013
  • Serg P.

    Security check is very strict there. Take only camera there.

    Serg P · December 23, 2012
  • Chris C.

    Try the chairs.

    Chris Caldwell · September 10, 2012
  • LuisAlfredo Z.

    Closed on Sundays

    LuisAlfredo Zambrano · September 2, 2012
  • Ameg

    Food or Beverage not allowed :(

    Ameg · August 17, 2012
  • Andrey K.

    Book your visit via web, it's much faster !

    Andrey Kuznetsov · August 17, 2012
  • Joel M.

    I wanted to see the mase.

    Joel Miller · June 14, 2012
  • Audrey A.

    Very helpful in catering to the needs of students with special needs.

    Audrey A · June 11, 2012
  • Don I.

    Leave plenty of time to get through security. Don't bring any food, drink or sharp objects.

    Don Irvine · May 16, 2012
  • U.S. Capitol

    The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center provides a welcoming and educational environment for visitors to learn about the unique characteristics of the US Congress and the history of the U.S. Capitol. Read more

    U.S. Capitol · December 29, 2011
  • Jules

    no containers allowed - even empty! jerks!

    Jules · November 1, 2011
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    AIDS.gov · September 20, 2011
  • Vika

    Don't bring liquids. Thy just threw away my bottle of perfume.

    Vika · September 17, 2011
  • Chuq Y.

    Check out all the statues! Obviously, pose like some of them and snap a picture too!

    Chuq Yang · September 2, 2011
  • M Squared Real Estate

    Tours of the Capitol building can be arranged through the Visitor Center website (or by calling or emailing your Representative's or Senator's office a few weeks in advance).

    M Squared Real Estate · August 20, 2011
  • Cindy S.

    where it all happens!

  • George P.

    Where all can see, if eyes are open, the soft tyranny amongst us.

    George Puskar · August 3, 2011
  • Amy H.

    Lobster rolls are made with real chunk lobster! Heavenly, $14 but well worth it!

    Amy Hensley · June 27, 2011
  • Chuq Y.

    Don't bring your reusable water bottles. You can't take them inside whether they are full or empty.

    Chuq Yang · June 23, 2011
  • Michael G.

    Advance tickets were easy to get from my U.S. Senator's office. Well worth the effort. No wait time at all.

    Michael Gass · June 14, 2011
  • Tim R.

    The restaurant is expensive. If you can, get over to one of the cafes in the surrounding office buildings. It gives you an even better Capitol experience.

    Tim Ryan · April 12, 2011
  • Jo Wilson W.

    Security Guards are a bit over the top with not letting any food items in, even sealed items. Why here? Verses all the other security points??

    Jo Wilson Wade · March 3, 2011

    Get an inside look at the interior of the brand new Capitol Visitor Center. Read more

    POLITICO · November 10, 2010
  • Dora

    Don't have tickets? A limited number of passes are handed out at 9am (get in line by 7am!) Powered by ParentsConnect.com

    Dora · July 21, 2010
  • Emily Y.

    Ask your Congressman or woman for a tour & don't try to bring in any food or beverages (not even empty bottles are allowed)!

    Emily Yeager · July 12, 2010
  • C-SPAN

    Approved to be built in 2001. Cost was $621 million. Opened in December 2008. 580,000 sq. ft. (larger than the Capitol itself).

    C-SPAN · June 21, 2010
  • Fletcher D.

    Ask me for a tour. If I'm going on break I'll take you around without the hassle and crowds. I'll be in the cvc orat the gallery doors.

    Fletcher Daniels · April 21, 2010
  • Fletcher D.

    Eat the chocolate cake in the restaurant. Just do it.

    Fletcher Daniels · April 20, 2010
  • Fletcher D.

    At Senate gallery check in phones iPods cameras batteries car key clickers electronic accessories umbrellas spare shoes water backpacks large bags briefcases, but not purses. Read the signs please!

    Fletcher Daniels · April 15, 2010
  • dr r.

    Ask one of the security guards about Vince Flynn

    dr robinson · March 4, 2010
  • Monica

    This is an awesome place to check out the state of US history and politics, esp if you have a short window to explore.

    Monica · February 14, 2010
  • Teka E.

    Harass one of the tour guides by asking them questions about Dan Brown.

    Teka England · January 12, 2010
  • Fred D.

    Enter the Visitors Center by first going to Library of Congress across the street. Use the the tunnel to the Visitors Center for shorter or virtually no lines.

    Fred Delventhal · December 28, 2009

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