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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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Address: East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515
Phone Number: 202-226-8000
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You'll see many beautiful, historic chambers during the tour

Before our trip to Washington, D.C., my girlfriend called the office of her Representative, Ed Royce, and scheduled a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol Building for a small group of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Before our trip to Washington, D.C., my girlfriend called the office of her Representative, Ed Royce, and scheduled a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol Building for a small group of us visiting from Southern California. Guided tours are free of charge, but must be booked in advance. We met an intern, Paige, at Ed Royce's office in the Rayburn... More 

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

When I interned for a Member of Congress nearly 20 years ago, you could still walk in the footsteps of history into the Capitol. Several events changed that over the years and necessitated the building of a visitor center that could act as a gateway to the building at the very heart of our democracy. I was lucky enough to... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

I couldn't get tickets online so I got there at 8am and waited for it to open and managed to get a ticket for the day in fact the first tour. This is well worth a look around. The guides are very informative and friendly and don't rush you. There's plenty to see inside and soak up the atmosphere. Here's... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We visited the Capitol Visitors center. The good -- it was Sunday, and we had not bought tickets in advance. The website said no tickets available but we decided to go see the building to self-tour if we could. Much to our surprise, there was a line for people without tickets, we were promptly issued a ticket - with no... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Over the past three years, I was fortunate to visit twice. The first time, I was given access to the underground tunnel that connects the house buildings to the capitol. Last year, a few of us decided to stop in and do the tour. We had to wait outside, in the cold, for quite a while; but, then were allowed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Access to the tours well very well organised and timed. The tour started with a clear video on the background to the building and Congress. We then took a 30 minute tour around some of the main rooms and our guide gave a very entertaining and knowledgeable presentation. No visit to Washington would be complete without visiting this national treasure.

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Anaheim, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I had no preconceived idea what to expect, except it was a tour of the Capitol. I went through my Representative Ed Royce for passes. His staff escorted us from his office at the Rayburn building and got us in to the 2:30 tour. The tour starts off with a patriotic movie, and then the auditorium is divided into groups.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This was such a great visit. Know that for at least the next two years the dome is being renovated. The history in here is palpable. Allow yourself plenty of time to really take it in.

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed getting a tour of the Capital Building. You don't get to see all the rooms, but you get to see the inside of the dome.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The U.S. Capitol Visitor Centre is located just past the initial building entrance, where you clear security required to enter the U.S. Capital building. This is not a conventional attraction but a rather useful service for those seeking visits to the nation's capital building. Here you can pick up your reserved tickets for guided tours through the Capital, pick up... More 

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