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Washington, D.C. Attractions

- U.S. Capitol & Visitors Center
- U.S. Senate
- U.S. House of Representatives

 

The Capitol
The Capitol is home to the U.S. Congress and its two legislative bodies, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Allow plenty of time here — there is a lot to see. If you like history, you'll enjoy taking one of the Guided Tours of the Capitol.

The Capitol is the site of the Presidential "swearing-in" ceremony and it houses the first Congressional Medal of Honor.



On January 20, 2009 Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony took place there he became the 44th President — and the first African-American — to hold the highest office in America. This historic moment in history drew millions of people to the city — and millions more from around the world watched the event on TV and the Internet.

Guided Tours
Free Guided Tours include the Rotunda, Statuary Hall, the old Supreme Court Chamber, the House of Representatives and the Senate. All Capitol Tours begin and end at the Visitor Center.



Capitol Visitor Center
The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center opened on Tuesday, December 2, 2008. The center is the new main entrance to the U.S. Capitol. It is located below the East Plaza of the Capitol, between Constitution and Independence Avenues.

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Hours
Mon-Sat 8:30am-4:30pm.
Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Inauguration Day.

Free Guided Capitol Tours
All Capitol Tours begin and end at the Visitor Center. Tours last approximately 30-40 minutes. Advance reservations are required. A limited number of same-day passes will be available.

Tour Hours
Mon-Sat 8:50am-3:20pm.

The Capitol is closed to the public on the following Federal Holidays:
New Year's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

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The Capitol and
U.S. Capitol Visitor Centerl


U.S. Senate and the
House of Representatives

The Galleries of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are open to view whenever either of them are in session.

Hours
Open for viewing when in session.

Open Mon–Fri 9am-4pm when the House is not in session.

The Senate gallery is not open if the Senate is not in session.

If you are interested in sitting in Gallery Passes for either the House or Senate sessions (different for each chamber), contact your local Representative or Senate office.

Note: The passes are required to enter the galleries where they are in session or not.

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U.S. Sentate

U.S. House of Representatives


The White House
The White House

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