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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Museum and Capitol Building
Northeast Washington, Washington
  • U.S. Capitol
    "unique characteristics of the US Congress"(4 Tips)
    Lydia S.
    "The guided tours are great and people are friendly!"(10 Tips)
    Tim R.
    "one of the cafes in the surrounding office buildings."(2 Tips)
    Fred D.
    "tunnel to the Visitors Center"(2 Tips)
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  • Amanda W.
    Amanda WisecarverDecember 22, 2016
    Go there on off season the tour was awsome!
  • Shane M.
    Shane McKenzieNovember 8, 2016
    Fantastic addition
  • Rev
    RevSeptember 10, 2016
    It's got some great coins and pens
  • Rev
    RevSeptember 10, 2016
    They have the pens that congress and the president use to sign things into law but they are about $8 each I had to get some make my writing official
  • Ranim
    RanimAugust 29, 2016
    It's worth seeing.
  • Victoria C.
    Victoria CraigJuly 28, 2016
    The tour was limited and left you wanting just a bit more for 45 minutes. If you want to visit the house or senate you have to go to a completely other area and sign up. We skipped that hassle...
  • Maria Fernanda T.
    Amazing place
  • Bradford R.
    Bradford RileyDecember 24, 2015
    Every American needs to visit.
  • J. T.
    J. T.December 13, 2015
    Take the tour. So much more than I expected. Spent more time here than I thought I would.
  • Marcello M.
    Marcello MarcheseOctober 30, 2015
    Boring...nothing to see here.
  • Lydia S.
    The guided tours are great and people are friendly!
  • Justin M.
    Justin MetzgerMarch 4, 2015
    Overpriced food here. Better of going to one of the House or Senate office buildings or the restaurants along Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Jed C.
    Jed ChristiansenOctober 3, 2014
    You can now bring empty water bottles in the building. (At least we were able to for our toddler)
  • hanibal o.
    hanibal obaidAugust 24, 2014
    Get your pass ahead of tıme or prepare to waıt. Excellent experıence. Highly recommend!
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    Great tours! Docents are knowledgeable
  • Paul M.
    Paul MampilliAugust 7, 2014
    Get off at the Smithsonian Metro if you are getting here. Any other station is too far.
  • Gelly B.
    Gelly BApril 22, 2014
    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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Natnat Y.
    Natnat YuMarch 28, 2014
    I don't like it here!
  • Mark F.
    Mark FallowsSeptember 20, 2013
    Come early - it opens at 830 am
  • Dev S.
    Dev ShahAugust 10, 2013
    Liquid not allowed. But they allow empty bottles.
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TriskettMay 23, 2013
    The doors are real heavy
  • John N.
    John NelsonMay 11, 2013
    Buy your Capitol gifts elsewhere-the prices here are really high.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HudsonMay 9, 2013
    Security is tight. Leave most items at hotel. No food, no empty water containers, pretty much just you and maybe paper.
  • Dan W.
    Dan WaylonisMay 6, 2013
    Leave your drinks, food, and sense of privacy at the door. Less friendly than TSA guards will ruin your visit.
  • Harjit
    HarjitMay 1, 2013
    Friendly staff and well managed and organized.
  • Harjit
    HarjitApril 24, 2013
    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.
  • Serg P.
    Serg PDecember 23, 2012
    Security check is very strict there. Take only camera there.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CaldwellSeptember 10, 2012
    Try the chairs.
  • LuisAlfredo Z.
    LuisAlfredo ZambranoSeptember 2, 2012
    Closed on Sundays
  • Ameg
    AmegAugust 17, 2012
    Food or Beverage not allowed :(
  • Andrey K.
    Andrey KuznetsovAugust 17, 2012
    Book your visit via web, it's much faster !
  • Joel M.
    Joel MillerJune 14, 2012
    I wanted to see the mase.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey AJune 11, 2012
    Very helpful in catering to the needs of students with special needs.
  • Don I.
    Don IrvineMay 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Leave plenty of time to get through security. Don't bring any food, drink or sharp objects.
  • U.S. Capitol
    U.S. CapitolDecember 29, 2011
    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
  • Jules
    JulesNovember 1, 2011
    no containers allowed - even empty! jerks!
    AIDS.govSeptember 20, 2011
    We're @ the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Briefing discussing the impact of HIV/AIDS on Latinos. Visit to learn more!
  • Vika
    VikaSeptember 17, 2011
    Don't bring liquids. Thy just threw away my bottle of perfume.
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangSeptember 2, 2011
    Check out all the statues! Obviously, pose like some of them and snap a picture too!
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 20, 2011
    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).
  • Cindy S.
    where it all happens!
  • George P.
    George PuskarAugust 3, 2011
    Where all can see, if eyes are open, the soft tyranny amongst us.
  • Amy H.
    Amy HensleyJune 27, 2011
    Lobster rolls are made with real chunk lobster! Heavenly, $14 but well worth it!
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangJune 23, 2011
    Don't bring your reusable water bottles. You can't take them inside whether they are full or empty.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GassJune 14, 2011
    Advance tickets were easy to get from my U.S. Senator's office. Well worth the effort. No wait time at all.
  • Tim R.
    Tim RyanApril 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Jo Wilson W.
    Jo Wilson WadeMarch 3, 2011
    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??
    POLITICONovember 10, 2010
    Get an inside look at the interior of the brand new Capitol Visitor Center. Read more
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    Don't have tickets? A limited number of passes are handed out at 9am (get in line by 7am!) Powered by
  • Emily Y.
    Emily YeagerJuly 12, 2010
    Ask your Congressman or woman for a tour & don't try to bring in any food or beverages (not even empty bottles are allowed)!
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANJune 21, 2010
    Approved to be built in 2001. Cost was $621 million. Opened in December 2008. 580,000 sq. ft. (larger than the Capitol itself).
  • Fletcher D.
    Fletcher DanielsApril 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    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 D.
    Fletcher DanielsApril 20, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Eat the chocolate cake in the restaurant. Just do it.
  • Fletcher D.
    Fletcher DanielsApril 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    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!
  • dr r.
    dr robinsonMarch 4, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask one of the security guards about Vince Flynn
  • Monica
    MonicaFebruary 14, 2010
    This is an awesome place to check out the state of US history and politics, esp if you have a short window to explore.
  • Teka E.
    Teka EnglandJanuary 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Harass one of the tour guides by asking them questions about Dan Brown.
  • Fred D.
    Fred DelventhalDecember 28, 2009
    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.
  • Jérémie H.
    Jérémie HUCHETSeptember 10, 2016
    Très intéressant à visiter ! Si vous avez la possibilité, allez voir la Chambre des représentants !
  • 김형래 H.
    김형래 Henry KimJuly 29, 2015
    검문검색이 심하네요.
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