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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

East Plaza of the Capitol Between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515
+1 202-226-8000
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East Plaza of the Capitol Between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515
Capitol Hill
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a nice area from which to begin tours. The staff is knowledgeable and treat visitors with kindness.

Thank The_Original_NJM
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We discovered the Capitol Visitors Center when we discovered the tunnel from the Library of Congress under the street to the Capitol. We weren't prepared to stay there long, but we should have and will next time. Very large and ornate. Shops and eating places...More

1  Thank Brent W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked my visit 15 days ahead. They sent me a reminder a few days before. The visit was very interesting and everything ran smoothly. The guide was fun. Some rooms are really awesome.

Thank Mônica S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tours are booked up weeks or months in advance. We just turned up and queued, getting a place that somebody else had booked and not turned up for. It is essential to bring your passport, especially if you want to see the House of Representatives...More

1  Thank DrTomShelley
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All this is easily accessible but the lines can be long. They’ve done a good job of organizing the lines but security details take time. Lots of room when inside but be prepared for more lines and additional security lines if going into the Senate...More

Thank monicax582
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’m a massive politics nerd and was really looking forward to doing the Capitol tour. You have to book it a month in advance and it’s an hour duration. I learned more from the pamphlet. The Capitol itself is amazing though!

Thank Jen W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tour started with a introductory film which helped set the scene We then where handed head sets and taken around by an informative guide We say the various public rooms - would have been nice to have also seen the actual Congress rooms but...More

1  Thank Collin M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was able to get a same-day pass to tour the Congressional Welcome Center and had a great time. I think a lot depends on the tour guide you get assigned and I really liked mine; her name was Lauren. She was very engaging, knowledgable, funny...More

Thank danielmO5972GT
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

The Visitor Center performs all the functions necessary to allow you to enter and visit the Capitol building. You'll undergo the usual security checks, including identity, before you get a time slot for entry. You can either roam the building independently, or get assigned to...More

2  Thank DonaldYokum
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

This is a very well organised place, unlike so many similar places on earth that are not and this was the starting point to visit everything that we could in this building. I would strongly recommend to research in advance what you can visit here...More

Thank TERRAvelista
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KianGaf
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
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TourGB14
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
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notv2009
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
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