U.S. Capitol
U.S. Capitol
4.5
Monday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Please note that tour reservations are required for entry. The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.
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  • Lynn S
    League City, Texas619 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building every American should see
    This was my 3rd time to tour the US Capitol. This time we did a tour through the Capitol Visitors Center. I wish the tour were more extensive. I don't know if that's due to 9/11 or to January 6, or both. But it is sad that a U.S. citizen cannot even step foot into our U.S. Capitol without first booking a tour. Everyone should at the least be able to go into the Capitol Rotunda. The tour guide had only been working a couple of weeks so even though she was nice, there were questions she could not answer and she wasn't very confident. I felt like we got a better tour when we did a tour with a Congressional staff. I wish they would let you go to both the U.S. House and Senate chambers. There was also one place (old Supreme Court meeting place) which we toured on the Congressional tour but not on this one. You have to reserve a time in advance (for free online).
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 27, 2023
  • Passport53
    Oxford, Alabama160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Call your Representative before going!
    My wife contacted our House Rep.'s office prior to us leaving. They had a staff member lead us on a private tour, which was amazing. We were able to visit areas of the Capital Building that larger, private tour groups don't get to go to. Visit your reps website and look for "Constituent Services" or the like. Your rep may also be able to set up a tour of the White House but this is much more difficult to accomplish. Make to sure to contact them well before your trip as it can takes weeks for preparations to be made.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 11, 2023
  • teknoge3k
    Rocky Mount, Virginia1,560 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Capitol is beautiful!
    We had timed tickets to visit the Capitol and it was very organized. There were a TON of people however. You need to wear the headphones the tour guide gives you otherwise you cannot hear anything. You see the crypt, the rotunda and the statue room. It's a fantastic building and you learn a lot from the free tours they offer. I highly recommend this!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 19, 2023
  • Samantha M
    Sacramento, California57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded but we’ll organized. Learned a ton of history!
    I’m so glad I booked a free tour months ago. It was crowded but organized. The tour guides give their groups headsets tuned in to their specific frequency, so we could hear our specific guide without their needing to shout over the din. My kids had a few things they were searching for, from their scavenger hunt book, so that kept them engaged. We loved finding and identifying specific state statues. And when they couldn’t find a particular one, any staff in a red sweater could help them either by memory or by consulting the pocket guide that they call carry. I was very impressed by how the plentiful, warm, knowledgeable staff managed the chaos of tourists!!!!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 28, 2023
  • mabjohnson
    Albuquerque, New Mexico18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    get tickets for a tour
    We were able to get 11 tickets for a Capitol tour from our NM Congresswoman (there are limited tickets available at the entrance). We were impressed to see the Rotunda. If you want to see the actual Senate and House chambers you need to get special passes from a Congressperson.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Jessica K
    Tarpon Springs, Florida278 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    US Capitol
    Any visit to DC must have a Capital visit. Although free to visit, there is time stamped “tickets” and reservations are a good idea. Very informative tour guides take each group through different areas of the Capitol. The statues and artwork are really grand. Always crowded and a bit noisy, but worth it. Although there are elevators, most of this tour was staircase access.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • justalittlebitocd
    Melbourne, Australia410 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you visit Washington you must visit the Capitol
    as with all places if you are travelling from overseas I highly recommend pre booking tickets ​​ ​​We booked for the 9am session. We arrived at the line up approximately 8.50. Once the doors open you get straight in. First we saw an information video and then sort you into groups for a tour ​​ ​​You will see the crypt, rotunda and statue room ​​ ​​All up it took exactly one hour ​​ ​​We then went to the house and senate info desks with our license and got tickets to see both of these areas which in our opinion was worth it . We wish they did tours of these areas versus just us looking in. If you do this add another 30 mins to your planned time
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Brian
    Lewisburg, Pennsylvania21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    We had an amazing experience! There is a huge difference between booking a tour with your Congressman and the general tour. We contacted our Congressman about 60 days prior. We had a private tour with someone from his office... they showed us around for nearly 2 hours, bypassing a lot of lines. We even got to go into the Galleries. Our children (11, 7, 4) felt comfortable asking staff questions and had a great time too. The general tour is with a group of 30-50 people. They give you headphones to hear your tour guide. I am so thankful Our Representative's office was able to give us a personal tour. And it was free!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Bob Kramer
    Ankeny, Iowa243 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free Tours - put this on your bucket list!
    TAKE THE TIME to visit the United States Capitol building while in D.C. Such a beautiful building, and while walking through we were in awe. Guided tours are available and we highly recommend making your reservations well in advance. And, the tours are free of charge.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Fleckney
    Fleckney, United Kingdom444 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see - and it is free.
    We booked our free tour online about a month before our visit and found that everything was extremely well organised and strictly by time of booked visit. The guided tour was brilliant and very informative and we managed to get tickets to visit both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Senate was in session and we were able to sit in the room and listen to the debate - which we had not expected. An extremely informative half day visit
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM1,288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Set aside any political biases and just marvel at the architectural design and architecture! Walk around the open areas awestruck. Take a tour for additional historical context. I wish it was easier to visit; I'd do it more often.
Written March 1, 2024
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Erin H
99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Business
As someone who has lived in worked in Washington for a long time, I think I've been able to see a lot of the capital, including its many reception rooms. I've had several seminars for work being held there, and especially with its Annex Office Buildings, which are kind of part of the complex, it's a big overwhelming place. That said, I would encourage any US citizen to go visit their local representative in the house or Senators office. You can request a gallery pass. That means that you can get into the capital without a tour, and sit in the gallery to watch any floor action. Basically you did the opportunity to walk around anywhere in the capital see what you want to see, and watch Congress live and in person. I think many visitors to Washington don't see their government in action. But there are a lot of ways to do this and I think the exercise of going to one's Representatives Office is helpful. Furthermore being able to walk about the capital is so amazing and to see live floor action is watching democracy in action. They also have a very special gift shop that is generally reserved for people who work in the Capitol complex. I don't know if they even take tour groups there. But they have a lot of official type and it's really cool to see some of the very high-end pieces they offer. For example I want spot a White House Tiffany silk scarf. Because my life revolves around government and Congress, this all excites me. But if it doesn't you can just see the visitor center out front, and below ground. The lawn in back of the monstrous building, which is a slope, is a popular destination for picnicking and chilling on the weekends for local. On this very expansive hell there is also a secret to graveyard and a few other interesting things to see that nobody will tell you about unless you can find a local. Or you can do your research online. But if you are here when the weather is Pleasant, stroll by the back of the capitol and you will not regret your experience. It's also very close to the National Botanic Gardens, which is kind of a misnomer, but it's a giant Victorian Greenhouse with the most amazing ambiance and collection of orchids. They have a few other spaces as part of their complex, including kids activities, holiday decorations, and special exhibits. This is also free and it is a beautiful space. They also have a lot of gorgeous teak tables and chairs as well as benches to enjoy a meal on. I think this greenhouse is either on the Capital Property, or at least adjoines it. And one last thing, which can be a great way to meet lawmakers on the hill, as well as staff and other Professionals in Washington whether you are from here or not, is through the state societies. You can always look up and call the states society that represents your state, and a quarter about attending any events that look interesting. Most events are held on the Hill. I know in the past that any states or at least my state had a lot of corporate subsidies, and membership was very low, like $20 a year, but I think it's going up. Regardless, there is often plenty of food and endless amounts of alcohol included. So even if you just use your membership to attend one event it can be totally worth it! Plus it's just a really cool experience to have on the Hill. And if you are a foreigner visiting, you can technically sign up for a state Society. Usually it's just some kind of affiliation or affinity with a particular state. So if you have that already, great. If not you can always be a little Coy and join a state Society that interests you. I was a member of the California state Society for many many years because I'm not only from there but they were always known to have the very best events. Most of the attendees were not from California and I'm not convinced had any substantive ties to the state. They were there because they just wanted to go to the best parties!
Written February 9, 2024
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Rileyk999
Belchertown, MA15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We had a tour of the capital building on Sunday the 14th of Jan 2024. The tour was awesome and totally worth seeing. The tour guid was exceptional.
Written January 22, 2024
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tinacaro
United States81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Not our favorite thing to do.

We had 3pm tickets, but arrived early and were allowed into the 220 show, which started around 240.

You first watch a 30 minute video, then get shuffled into groups and given headsets to listen to the guides. These tour was about 30 minutes and focused on sculptures and the rotunda.

My 9yo wasn’t too into it. There is a small exhibit to view as well, which we liked better.
Written January 13, 2024
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cvmillers
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Excellent experience. Tour guide was great. Staff went out of their way to ensure we got the gallery in time to see pro forma, even walked us to the door. The free coat check was unexpected but as it was January, we were grateful for it!

Be sure to get tickets for gallery from your congressman!
Written January 9, 2024
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Nathalia G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
One of the best experiences we had while visiting DC was the US Capitol tour.
Our guide, Taylor Dean, was incredible, always super friendly and shared wonderful information. The entire group, including family and friends, were delighted with our guide's knowledge.
Taylor made the tour interesting and appealing to children as well. We couldn't take our eyes and ears off her. Capitol is beautiful and rich in information. I highly recommend it... with Taylor if possible. lol
Written January 4, 2024
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CosmicAvatar
Sandhurst69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Yes, you have to book a tour here, but it's free! As it says in the email, though, make sure you turn up around 30 minutes early in case you're held up in security or anything. I neglected that bit (whoops), and while we went through Security very quickly, we did just miss our slot and a nice lady had to rebook us for the next one in ten minutes' time. It kicked off with an informative video about the history of US government after which we were separated into groups and allocated a guide, who spoke to us via headsets so everyone could hear. Splendid architecture, informative and friendly tour guide, impressive statuary (especially the replica of the Statue of Freedom in the ticket office area). I recommend it.
Written December 16, 2023
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stayc1714
High Springs, FL203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Not history buffs. Not into politics. Still pretty interesting and loved the architecture. Would do this tour again! If those walks could talk....
Written December 11, 2023
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Seamus
Oakville, Canada1,476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We can add little to what has been said below. Like most attractions in DC admission is free, but it is necessary to book into an available tour in advance on the website. You can also book access to the Galleries of both the House and Senate, but that is a separate function. I repeat, this is all free, so no need to pay for a tour. Expect to spend about an hour on the Capitol tour, more if you like to take lots of pictures and include the Library of Congress. It will make you wonder why all those people tried to break this beautiful place on Jan 6. They don’t know their history.
Written December 11, 2023
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Reuben J
292 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Another must see when in Washington as the building dominates the skyline and is very ornate inside. Our tour group was too big and should have been split in two. There were so many people on the tour that we couldn't all get in to the old Supreme Court. The tour is limited in that it only takes visitors to the Rotunda and a couple of other less well known places. The tour was very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable and amusing.
Written November 16, 2023
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