U.S. Capitol
U.S. Capitol
4.5
Monday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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Please note that tour reservations are required for entry. The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.
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  • Capitol South • 7 min walk
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ctimms125
Austin, TX67 contributions
Nov 2022
We were told that there was no way to get in without a reservation but we tried anyway and we got in in just a few minutes. It was really amazing to be in such a beautiful and historic place. The sculptures are fantastic. It is so hard to imagine that anyone would desecrate such an amazing, important, and beautiful place. It was impossible for me not to be furious at the insurrectionists of January 6th. The US Capitol should be treated with reverence.
Written 29 January 2023
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Tim-1664
Liverpool, UK374 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Really good tour. Knowledge guide, friendly staff. You need to book in advance (it’s free) but makes it easier. It was quiet when we sent but we got told summer is extremely busy, so make sure you book early.

Definitely recommend
Written 19 January 2023
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Michelle M
Boston, MA39 contributions
Jan 2023
The Rotunda, Crypt, and old Supreme Court chambers were part of our tour. Also love the gallery -- we went first week in January when crowds were very low!
Written 5 January 2023
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Dianna R
3 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Tours are well organized, but must be booked in advance. Security is comparable to airport security. Liquids and food are not allowed so plan accordingly. It’s beautiful inside and you’ll learn lots from your tour guide! Definitely recommend.
Written 1 January 2023
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dfb260
Staunton, VA352 contributions
Dec 2022
A nice tour and there is much to look at in the exhibits. You must book a free tour in advance! Nice movies explain the functioning of the government in relatively simple terms.
Written 31 December 2022
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Andrew N
Hendersonville, NC107 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
It was a great guided tour and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was amazing to see the rotunda and statues. There were several tours going on at one time so it was a little crowded. Timed entry tickets were required. Be sure to get there early to allow time to get through security.
Written 31 December 2022
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Christopher G
Oxted, UK501 contributions
Nov 2022
Well worth booking and taking the free guided tours of this iconic building, the guides are so knowledgeable and bring the USA's political history to life
Written 28 December 2022
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China11,317 contributions
Dec 2022
This is one of the most iconic buildings in Washington DC. The symbol of US legislature, the Capitol has the most recognizable dome in the world. Mired by the riot, part of it is covered in scaffolds. Do book the guided tour well in advance if you really want to get inside (legally).
Written 16 December 2022
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Tandoori
Saint Paul, MN408 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
We did the basic tour. Short but worth the visit. Our guide Mr Peet was excellent. There is plenty to look at if you arrive early (exhibitions hall just updated).
Written 12 December 2022
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quadmw
Canon City, CO17 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
I never dreamed the US Capitol was created with such beauty and eye catching design. Wow. Will most definitely have to go see it again and again.
Written 19 November 2022
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U.S. Capitol, Washington DC

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U.S. Capitol is open:
  • Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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