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U.S. Capitol Building
"Go to the senate check in desk during the weekdays for a pass to the senate gallery. It's a free glimpse of history."
U.S. House of Representatives
US Capitol Building
"Free tours that leave quite often. If its high season, try to reserve online beforehand. The tour is about 40 mins and 100% worth it."
Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol
801 9th St NW
"Tours are not as extensive as they used to be and you must have tickets.If you can try to get a tour through your local Senator or Reps office.An intern will be your guide and will be less rushed."
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 7th St NW)
"I love this museum but it was a 45 min wait every time we went by on 4th of July weekend."
National Building Museum
401 F St NW (at 5th St. NW)
"What a gem! Two great spaces for the kids and lots of interesting exhibits for the adults. Each summer they roll out something unique as well."
International Spy Museum
800 F St NW (9th St NW)
"So freaking cool. Lots of spy gear used from way back. 007 Villain exhibit was excellent. Gift Shop is legit."
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE (btwn 1st & 2nd St SE)
"Absolutely gorgeous and gaudy architecture- great for a cold day in DC, when you just want to wander around indoors."
National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Ave SW (at 6th St SW)
"Very fun place and informative. Many exhibits to see, it might take the whole day to read and see everything!"
Supreme Court of the United States
1 1st St NE (E Capitol St. NE)
"Be sure to check out the gift shop in the basement! Also the food here is pretty good so if your looking for somewhere to eat on the mall look no further!"
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