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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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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
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 online, google visit the us Capitol and go to plan visit; or you can show up and chance it at the info center. You will give your name, address, etc. at that time. During peak season (spring and summer), you will have less chances for same day tours. I highly recommend booking online, the tour is pretty interesting and the guides quite knowledgeable. And best of all, it's free!
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
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 Building's dome and Congress. There are a number of statues from each of the states.
The other thing that you can do if you cannot get the tour, is to apply for passes to the Senate and the House of Reps. They are separate form the tour and they allow you to sit in on the Senate and/or the House of Reps and watch them in action. You'll need to show ID to get the passes.
I would also recommend the Library of Congress. It is only across the road and it was very worthwhile. There's a Jefferson's circular library, a copy of the Gutenberg Bible and beautiful artwork and decoration. You do not have to queue to get in and they offer free tours at certain times. It is one of those sights that can be easily overlooked but which is really worth seeing.