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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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Tue - Sun 12:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Great Experience - Good Food Court If You Are A Millionaire!

Very nice facility. Met our guide for a constituent tour of the Capitol in the main hall. Enjoyed the movie. The CVC as it is called is designed to handle crowds and it does... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Albany, Oregon
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235 reviews 235 reviews
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141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Reserve online to get your ticket. That will save time in at least one line inside. If you visit in the spring, be prepared to be joined by every 8th grader in the US. If it is a hot, muggy day in the city, this is a good inside activity to take in. Very good visual displays. The staff who... More 

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Odiham, United Kingdom
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Visited here with high expectations...and the welcome was awesome from security staff to desk staff where you check-in with pre-booked visit slots. All excellent, and we were put on an earlier tour which was even better. The movie they show is really good and gives a good story on the country and how the building came to be of such... More 

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Crescent City, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
25 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The new (to me?) Visitor Center is large and beautiful and user-friendly, with plenty to see even if you have not arranged a tour of the capitol building itself. We were fortunate in that a member of the House of Representatives who met us in line at a fast food establishment near his office offered us an intern from his... More 

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Thibodaux, Louisiana
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The staff was amazing. Very knowledgable. Highly recommend in your trip to DC. Reserve online if you have time. Tickets were available at walk up.

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Northern Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The last couple of times we visited the Capital, the guides were short with us and made us feel like cattle being herded through the building. I know it feels like every 8th grader is in DC in April but not everybody needs to be treated like a disinterested middle schooler.

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Truro, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 via mobile

With a visit to The White House simply impossible this was the next best thing for us. Having originally booked the tour from home several months in advance we initially err forced to rearrange due to a diplomatic event. After a few teething problems we achieved this within our short time frame. The reception staff were very hospitable and efficient.... More 

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Illinois
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Very nice facility. Met our guide for a constituent tour of the Capitol in the main hall. Enjoyed the movie. The CVC as it is called is designed to handle crowds and it does that very well. We made the mistake of eating at the food court type restaurant. The food was very good. The prices were outrageous! Three eleven... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This was the most underwhelming experience in DC. The only good bit was the museum inside the visitor center.

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Charlotte
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We had a great tour from Senator Richard Burr's office. It was longer than we expected but it felt more personal. Be warned that there is a lot of construction going on and you may not get to see some areas. Overall great place to see and hear facts about our country. Make sure you don't ask about the freemasons... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Great tour from Congressman Scott's staff member, William Burris! We were able to go to the the senate, use the underground tunnels, see the congressman office. We saw Nancy Pelosi's office. We saw lots of statues and elaborate decor. We were able to see where the President gives his speeches. Lots of paintings and statues of former speakers of the... More 

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