First Street SE, Washington, DC 20004
Operating Season: Year ‘Round (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Inauguration Day)
The United States Capitol sits atop Capitol Hill and is located at the eastern end of the National Mall. As the meeting place for the United States Congress, the U.S. Capitol serves as a working office building and a tourist attraction with millions of visitors each year.
The Capitol Visitors Center is open to visitors from 8:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Saturday. Admission to the Visitors Center is free however, tour passes are required to tour the Capitol. Tours need to be scheduled in advance through the office of one of your Senators, your Representative or booked online using the online reservation system (a maximum of 10 passes can be secured when booking online). If your family reunion group consists of more than 10 people, you can use the online reservation system for groups.
All visitors to the Capitol are required to go through security screening. Click here for a list of prohibited items. The U.S. Capitol tour takes about an hour and includes stops at the Rotunda and the National Statuary Hall. If your schedule is flexible, take some time to visit the Capitol Visitor Center or watch Congress in session (you’ll need to secure passes from your Representative or Senators).
If you have family members with physical disabilities, wheelchairs can be requested from the Capitol Visitor Center. Click here for more information on accommodating visitors with disabilities.
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