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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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Iconic building

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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Marietta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I had been on the Capitol tour in the past where we went into the Rotunda and into the Senate and House galleries. This current tour takes you to the Rotunda and into a room full of statues, which is not quite as interesting. The tour takes about an hour but waiting in line for one can sometimes take another... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

You are in Washington DC, so obviously you must see the US Capitol! From what I read, the new visitor center opened only a few years ago. It is actually in the basement, where there are a spacious lobby. This is also where you get your tour tickets and queue up for your tour. After viewing a short movie, the... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Beautiful building, good guides, but extraordinary strict and intolerant security. I had a small biscuit in my pocket to munch later and I was sent out as no food is allowed. I ate my biscuit and waited in the queue again to get in. Moreover, no storage for your backpack, I extra had to walk to the railway station to... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

After waking up to a very rainy December day we decided to have a look sound the Us Capitol to stay dry. We arrived at 10 lam and we managed to get straight onto a tour. After a quick 10 minute movie that was aimed at all ages, we got split into our tour group. Our tour guide was a... More 

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Carrollton, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Despite the fact that I think I got the only annoying tour guide, the tour itself was great. Lots of history inside these walls and it's such a massive place. The guides provide everyone in your group with a headset so you can hear the guide narrate directly in your ears without them having to yell. It is a must... More 

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