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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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East Plaza of the Capitol Between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515
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Reviewed yesterday

Visited the CVC when on a business trip to the Capitol. Clearly a lot of money and thought have been invested in the Centre. It is well worth visiting to understand the history of the home of US democracy. Recommended.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Book online in advance, but this tour of about 1 1/2 hours is well worth it. We had a well informed tour guide (who, ironically was British!) and were impressed by the architecture and history of our nation’s capitol. Tour included the old Senate and...More

Thank Charles S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The US Capitol Visitor’s Center is located under the US Capitol with access from the 1st Street side of the US Capitol. The facility its self is magnificent, taking 8 years and $600 Million Dollars to build. It’s truly a tribute to the American people...More

Thank 977samd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I quite enjoyed the exhibit downstairs, going through the history of the building and Mall, with noteworthy bits of legislation thrown in. Well written with lot of interesting artefacts. The main attraction here are the Capitol Building tours. I wasn't that impressed - mostly facts...More

Thank tripleplay97
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing tour to take to learn behind the scenes and it is free. You learn about the 3 different levels of the building, the paintings, the statues, the rooms and so much more. You are walking the same halls that our first...More

Thank atlayank
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived in the last hour and a half of the day, and we were pleasantly surprised that there was no real line for admission tickets. We wandered the hall while waiting for our tour time 15 minutes later. The initial film was inspiring, and...More

Thank EricC277
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting tour but very limited on what you get to see. But it is full of history and you get to see inside the dome and the original meeting spaces. Look for brass marker on the floor where Lincolns desk was.

Thank Ronald C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I requested a tour via the US Capitol website a month in advance. Upon confirmation I received a very formal and attractive reservation confirmation printout. The entire process at the US Capitol Visitor Center is well organized, and friendly as well. The US Capitol Visitor...More

Thank digitalroc
Reviewed 10 October 2018

The counter/desk staff offers an OK service - not bad, not good either. The guides can be a little aggressive at times. When we visited they informed us they no longer have translation equipment, which is much needed in a place that is visited by...More

Thank haroldbox
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Awesome Exposition Hall is big. Make sure you book a tour. Security is tight going into the building. Sadly you cannot bring any food or drinks into the Capitol, and they don't have a storage area, so that's unfortunate. Therefore it is best that you...More

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1 June 2017|
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Response from Stephanie G | Reviewed this property |
You don't need your passport or ID to just visit the Capitol. Everyone goes through Security screening, which is basically like airport screening. However, if you want an official tour then you would have to book either... More
26 March 2016|
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Response from Mairwen1 | Reviewed this property |
You can try getting tickets at the Visitor Centre on the day if you go early. There is a limited number available on the day. The Visitor Centre is still interesting, with a good display and information on the Capitol... More
7 September 2015|
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Response from TLC62379 | Reviewed this property |
Just like the others, I think it would be best to contact the visitor center directly. My guess would be not, but that is just a guess