Washington, D.C. Attractions
- U.S. Capitol & Visitors Center
- U.S. Senate
- U.S. House of Representatives
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 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
around the world watched
the event on TV and the Internet.
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.
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
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.
is closed to the public on the following Federal Holidays:
New Year's Day
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.
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
Note: The passes are required to enter the galleries
where they are in session or not.
U.S. House of Representatives
The White House
The White House