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United States Capital Building
Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue,
Washington, DC 20515
Latitude: 38.889511 Longitude: -77.031998
This tour is free
The United States Capitol is a monument, a working legislative building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of Democracy in the world. You are planning your visit to the Capitol during a time of great growth, as we have now started construction of a Capitol Visitor Center. When finished in 2005, the Capitol Visitor Center - located under the East Front Plaza - will provide a dramatically improved educational experience for all visitors: an experience enhanced through exhibits, displays of historic documents, and documentary presentations. You will also be visiting the Capitol during a period of heightened awareness of security and safety. This concern is not simply for the security of Members of Congress and staff, but the security and safety of everyone who visits here.
Because visitation guidelines will be changing as the construction process goes along, we encourage you to call the Capitol Guide Service Recorded Information Line for the latest tour information before your visit. That number is 202-225-6827, and we update the information on it as frequently as necessary.
The Capitol Guide Service conducts free guided tours of the Capitol Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The first public tour begins each day at 9:30 A.M. and the last at 3:30 PM. Tours last approximately thirty to forty minutes.
The Capitol is unavailable for tours on Sundays.
The Capitol is closed to the public on the following Federal holidays:
New Year's Day
Occasionally, a special event - such as a visit by a head of state - may temporarily suspend guided tours.
Please call the Guide Service's recorded information line at 202-225-6827 for recorded information on any possible special events.
Tickets are distributed each morning beginning at 8:15 AM, for all public guided tours of the Capitol. Ticket distribution will begin at 9:00 AM starting on March 17, 2003.
Tickets are required for all tours of the Capitol. Capitol Guide Service personnel distribute the tickets on a first come, first serve basis from the Kiosk at the Southwest corner of the Capitol grounds, next to the Botanic Gardens.
Tickets are distributed one per person, and at the current time, are for same day admission only.
During the busy months of Spring and Summer, the line for tickets forms quite early in the morning, so please plan accordingly.
Mobility Needs - Capitol Guide Service personnel operate a shuttle service for visitors with mobility needs. Simply check in with a guide at the Kiosk at the Southwest corner of the Capitol grounds (where tickets are issued).