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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
National Mall
+1 202-226-8000
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Reviewed yesterday

I was ecstatic when I entered the building. Security was tight - no food and drinks are allowed, even water. This is basically like entering the airport. I suggest you come with an open mind and good memory - if you take part in the...More

Thank NaomiAviya
Reviewed 2 days ago

The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center consists of serveral functions/facilities - orientation, gift shops and restaurant. And taking an up-close and detailed view of the plaster cast Statue of Freedom is fairly interesting. The "real" bronze version, stands atop the Capitol Dome hundreds of feet high,...More

Thank simonfung888
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was our favorite tour of the many we took. You really get to see a lot and hear all about the history of this amazing building. Beautiful architecture, interesting stories and informative tour guides who you can hear everything they are saying due to...More

Thank kcslatts
Reviewed 5 days ago

Worth the trip and the wait to immerse yourself in history. Fall and early spring are the best time to visit. Beware of late spring, May time frame as many schools from around the country come to visit D.C. in general.

Thank Ivan G
Reviewed 6 days ago

Good location to gather before the tour; good café downstairs; well organised; lots of statues. Recommended.

Thank BrendaMaidenhead
Reviewed 1 week ago

Most people go to the Visitor Center to wait for their tour of the Capitol Building. But it is also an interesting destination by itself. There is a room with interesting exhibits and a large replica of the 'Freedom' statue that tops the Capitol. My...More

Thank vakamalua
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the US Capitol VC because we were not able to secure a reserved tour but wanted to visit anyway. Their are interesting exhibits in the VC but to our surprise, we were able to stand in a line and get into a tour...More

1  Thank DaveStLouis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't speak to access if you're part of a private tour. If you are traveling with family & friends you can go through the security line when they open, try to get a "same-day pass" & take the tour. Same day passes are limited....More

Thank Joe P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Time well spent to learn all you have forgotten from school... Take your children they will enjoy it also... and probably teach you some new stuff...

Thank BobZ9
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visitor center is the waiting spot and entry point for everyone taking a tour in the capitol. It is a spectacular establishment that is very well secured. Even though this is a stopover point for the main attraction, you will still enjoy your time.

Thank Ebazinam
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Do you need your passport for the tour if you are a tourist or just any official ID ?
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
Can you see the video on the capitol without being on a tour? Tour tickets sold out for my date, trying to see what's available for those not joining a tour.
25 March 2016|
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Response from bklyn56 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with my fellow advisors. See the Library of Congress and/or the Supreme Court instead. Both also have superb bookstores.
We have a group of 30, do you have room for us on Friday night? We are staying around the corner at the Hampton Inn
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