United States Capitol Visitor Center

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  • Address: First St NE, Washington, DC 20515, United States, Washington D. C.
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-2022268000
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Tour, Family And Kids, Architecture

About United States Capitol Visitor Center, Washington D. C.

United States Capitol Visitor Center is a large underground addition to the originally existing United States Capitol complex. Located below the East front of the capitol and its plaza the destination is a must visit if you want to know more about the city. The center was made to hold the visitors that are waiting for taking atour of the capitol. So visit the destination and get to see amazing architecture and design. 

United States Capitol Visitor Center Ticket Prices

  • You can book tours.

United States Capitol Visitor Center Opening and Closing Hours

  • Official Business: Visitors with official business appointments may enter the Visitor Center as early as 7:15 a.m.

How To reach United States Capitol Visitor Center by Public Transport

  • Take a train from Union Station.
  • Take a bus from NE 1st St & NE Maryland Av.
  • Take a taxi or rental to the destination.

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Things to Know Before Visiting United States Capitol Visitor Center

  • 1.99% of people who visit Washington D. C. include United States Capitol Visitor Center in their plan

  • 29.1% of people start their United States Capitol Visitor Center visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see United States Capitol Visitor Center

Monday, Thursday and Friday

79.2% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting United States Capitol Visitor Center

People normally club together United States Capitol and Union Station while planning their visit to United States Capitol Visitor Center.

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United States Capitol Visitor Center, Washington D. C. Reviews

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  • First... Find it! It's below ground so if you are using Google maps to find your way, look for the stairs down in front of the capital. Navigation takes you close, but keep going till you find it! It's a beautiful facility, but honestly the day we were there it was so crowded that we were overwhelmed a bit. I'd recommend that you plan a private tour through your senator's office... It's a lot more intimate than the public tour and you can plan your day more easily. Security is serious so don't bring food, drinks etc. The cafeteria is good but you can't take anything with you so plan to eat there.. or wait. It's a great opportunity to see where our government works.

  • Be ready to spend a little bit of extra time to get through security. It can also be an area with a bunch of school groups and crowds in general. But once you're in, there is an interesting mini-museum on the opposite side from where you enter in the lower atrium. That mini-museum is almost worth the trip by itself! Of course, you have to do the capitol tour. So much history.

  • It's a great place to visit in D.C. It is suggested to schedule the online appointment online. Take the print-out of the confirmation. The reception as Visitor center will print your tickets. It completely free. They have guides with head phones for their groups. Your can hear their guidelines and briefing clearly. This is just to avoid getting distracted and group members to follow the Tour guide. It's awesome to see the dome and various statues. Must visit.

  • A top 10 stop in DC. It's the only way into the Capitol if you are visiting. Located on the east side of the Capitol Building. (That's behind the building if you are looking from the National Mall. ) On top of Capitol Hill. There's a small shuttle for those who need it. When you arrived at the courtyard at the top continue across and down the stairs. The Visitor Center is located UNDER the courtyard. Entrance is free but be aware no food, drink, liquids, aerosols except for limited medical items. You can obtain a free pass for an orientation film and guided tour of the building or if none are available, visit the Exhibition Hall. Get a closeup view of a life size replica of Freedom, the statue that stands on top of the Capitol Building.

  • So glad we booked through our State Representative for tour tickets to visit the U.S. Capitol. You can do this online at visitthecapitol.gov. Our tour guide was exceptional J. Reynolds. He told us of the tomb located directly under the Rotunda, which was built to entomb George Washington. How George Washington requested in his will that he be entombed at Mt Vernon, so the tomb in the US Capitol is empty. I loved how American it made me feel to be in the Capitol building and have our tour guide say, “take all the pictures you want, do you have any questions?”. Loved the U.S. Capitol.

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