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U.S. Capitol Building at DC
East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC, 20004 10.7 Miles   |  202-226-8000
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Explore Washington's U.S. Capitol Building: guided Tours & congress viewings

Sitting atop of "The Hill," the U.S. Capitol Building is the nerve center of American politics and legislation. A must-visit sightseeing destination, the U.S. Capitol is also an active, in-session American landmark that continues to represent the nation's democracy. Stand in awe under the iconic, 180-foot Rotunda by taking a guided tour. You'll also see the artifacts of the Crypt and National Statuary Hall. Or, take a self-guided tour to experience the interactive displays, marble statues and models of Exhibition Hall, the only exhibit in the world dedicated to the history of the U.S. Congress. If Congress is in session, witness legislation and history in the making from the Senate and House viewing galleries.


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8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m (Monday to Saturday)


  • Congress Sessions
  • Special Exhibits 
  • Capitol Visitor Center Encounter


  • Guided Tours
  • Exhibition Hall
  • Historic Artifacts
  • Orientation Theater 
  • Interactive Exhibits


  • What subway stops are closest to the Capitol?

    If you're taking the Metro, there are three subway stops found within walking distance of the US Capitol. Union Station is located at First Street, NW, and Massachusetts Avenue. The Capitol South Metro stop is located at First Street between C and D Streets, SE, and the Federal Center, SW Metro stop is located at the southwest corner of Third and D Streets, SW. The Capitol is located at the far eastern end of the National Mall.
  • How do we get passes to watch congress in session?

    Gallery passes are not included in the U.S. Capitol Building tour, though available whenever either Congress or the House are in session. To view Congress in session, visitors may obtain gallery passes from the offices of their Senator or Representative. International visitors may request gallery passes from the House and Senate Appointment Desks, which are located on the upper level of the Capitol Visitor Center.

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