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Department of State

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Address: 2201 C St NW, Washington DC, DC 20522-0099
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US$ 350.00*
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Customized Private Sightseeing Tour of DC
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US$ 49.00*
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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Reception Rooms Tour

What a surprising treasure. Request this tour from your senators office and you will be given a date at time. Report about 10 minutes early and be prepared to show id and leave... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Annette K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a surprising treasure. Request this tour from your senators office and you will be given a date at time. Report about 10 minutes early and be prepared to show id and leave bulky items in the lobby along with your coats. Peek inside the rooms you will pass on the guided walk to the elevators. You will see the... More 

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Springfield
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143 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour was interesting. You would see a beautiful furniture, fine china, and other art objects. You need an advance reservation to get there.

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Freehold, New Jersey
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour takes you to the diplomatic receiving rooms on the top floor of the State Department in DC. It shows the rooms and artifacts therein, with an emphasis on the furniture styles, architecture and paintings. Not the most interesting stuff for teens but outstanding for those who like this type of thing. Our guide, Chic, made it fascinating for... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had never had a tour of the State Department so I added this to the list. I was hoping for learning more about the work of the State Department and seeing those kinds of things, similar to a Pentagon tour I had received in the past. The tour was almost exclusively showing us the reception rooms and the expensive... More 

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Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

I'm so glad that we were able to get this tour. It is surprisingly beautiful and the staff is very knowledgeable.

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Thank Rene' S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 7 May 2016

The State Department gives tours of the formal rooms on the eight floor where diplomatic receptions and dinners take place. A tour can be arranged for groups (or if you know someone who works at the Department they can arrange it. All of the furnishings come from the beginnings of the department which was the first government office formed by... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2016

I am an antique and architecture lover, so I loved this 45 minute tour! You need to reserve in advance for the 45 minute tour at the state department website. easy walking access from foggy bottom metro.

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Jesup, Georgia
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Reviewed 13 April 2016

My family and I recently had a tour here arranged through our Congressional office. I wouldn't say that you see anything earth shattering, but it is interesting. Our tour guide Chic also worked really hard to make the tour interesting for our 10 year old son. There are some beautiful rooms here - it is primarily an art and architecture... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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Reviewed 25 February 2016

We saw that our Member of Congress would arrange a tour of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms for us, and decided to follow our curiosity. The building is an unpretentious example of 1960s government-funded architecture; however, hidden on the eight floor are the decoratively ornate rooms used to welcome and entertain foreign diplomats. The decor celebrates historical America in decorative arts... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 30 December 2015

This is one of the least known places to visit and see amazing stuff in Washington DC. You can get a tour reserved by visiting the Department of State website and it is well worth the effort to arrange a tour. The Diplomatic reception rooms is where ambassadors are entertained and the furnishings are really incredible. There are some great... More 

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