Update on Tours in Washington DC (As of 09/30/2020):
Tours of the Capitol, Library of Congress, and Kennedy Center are currently suspended.
In consultation with the Congressional Office of Attending Physician and following the guidance of the D.C. Department of Health, the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms have ordered limited access throughout the Capitol complex.
The following outline the temporary limitations:
Capitol Visitor Center
The Capitol Visitor Center is closed to all tours, including Member and staff led tours.
The Capitol is closed to all tours, including Member and staff led tours.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress buildings are closed to the public.
The Kennedy Center’s public events and performances are currently suspended.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact my office at (202) 224-6361 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you will be amazed by all that our Nation’s Capitol has to offer. While you are here, be sure to take advantage of the history and culture surrounding you. The monuments and museums are a testament to our shared story as Americans. I wish you the best on your upcoming adventure and hope that you cherish the memories of your visit.
If you are visiting the Senate, please stop by my office to talk story and get a little taste of home! My staff and I are here to help you have an enjoyable, memorable visit.
Due to work to restore the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, the Rotunda is scheduled to close on July 25 and anticipated to reopen on September 8. Information regarding the impact to tours will be provided as it becomes available.
The United States Capitol is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world. Visitors can enter the Capitol through the Capitol Visitor Center located on the East Front Plaza at First Street and North Capitol Street, NE. The Capitol Visitor Center is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm everyday except Sunday and the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Inauguration Day. In the Capitol Visitor Center, you can browse through the Exhibition Hall, shop at the Gift Stores, and dine at the restaurant. For more information please visit the Capitol Visitor Center website. My office will be happy to request tickets for a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol and provide you with Gallery passes to both the House and Senate Galleries.
Self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted). Tour hours will be extended when possible based on the official White House schedule. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance*. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available. All White House tours are free of charge. (Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.)
*Note that while you may submit your request up to 6 months in advance, this does not guarantee that the White House will be able to accommodate your tour request. These tours are very limited, and are subject to the schedule of the President. Our office typically does not receive a response from the White House until 1-2 weeks prior to the requested tour date, regardless of when the request was submitted.
The Library of Congress Jefferson Building is located on the corner of First Street and Independence Ave, SE. Public walk-on tours are available Monday through Friday hourly from 10:30am to 3:30pm and on Saturdays from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Public Tours are available on federal holidays with the exceptions of New Year's Day, Inauguration Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. My office can assist in scheduling a reserved constituent tour available Monday through Friday at 9:45am or 1:45pm. All tours are docent led and last about one hour.
The Kennedy Center provides a variety of guided tours. The tour also includes the majestic Hall of States Hall of Nations and five of the Center's main theaters, including its three grand performance halls (the Concert Hall, Opera House, and Eisenhower Theater). From the magnificent Opera House chandelier, a gift from Austria that measures 50 feet across, to the 3,700 tons of marble from Carrara, Italy, lining the walls of the Hall of Nations, to the gorgeous Israeli Lounge, these gems reflect the many extraordinary gifts from the governments of more than 60 countries that make the Kennedy Center truly an international destination. For more information, visit the Kennedy Center website.
The National Archives Museum is home of the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights which are housed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom; the Public Vaults permanent exhibit gallery; the David M. Rubenstein Gallery, the Lawrence F. O'Brien temporary exhibit gallery; the Boeing Learning Center; and the William G. McGowan Theater.
The National Archives Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and December 25 (see Museum Hours for operating schedule). Reservations are not required for individuals or groups wishing to enter the National Archives Museum through the general public entrance. The general public entrance is located at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 9th Street. For more information, please visit Daily Visits: http://www.archives.gov/nae/visit/reserved-visits.html
The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense, is one of the world’s largest office buildings. It has over 23,000 employees and has floor space of three Empire State Buildings. Construction was started on the Pentagon in 1941. In 1976, as a part of America’s Bicentennial celebration, the Pentagon began offering tours to the public.
Guided tours of the Pentagon are available Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. The tour is about one hour and covers a distance of roughly 1.5 miles. Tours are free but reservations are required. In order to reserve a tour it is necessary to contact the Pentagon by calling 703-697-1776 or by going to the website below.
The Washington Monument is currently closed to the public until fall 2019. The National Park Service is currently modernizing the elevator and constructing a new security screening facility to ensure long-term reliability and safety. However, a visit to the grounds of the Washington Monument will still give tour groups the unique opportunity to see the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and other land marks from the structure’s centralized location on the National Mall.