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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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Neighborhood: National Mall
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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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A must go place, an OK tour

Easy to book(online). No stress inside. The short film is informative. The tour is OK, on the brief side. The staff could be more friendly. I think multiple language is available... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Goose Creek, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Get your tickets on-line printed and visit early. We enjoyed a wonderful walking tour from Mr. Walt. The head phones and closed circuit intercom system worked very well during the tour. Our family was also able to get passes for both the Senate and House of Rep Gallery. At the Senate Gallery we were lucky enough to be near a... More 

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Warsaw, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Even though it is VERY busy, it is still worth your time. Not like the old tours, but pretty cool nonetheless

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It's a beautiful place. Shown during session, on a big screen, is Congress. I easily got onto a tour of the main bldg. I also enjpoyed linch at the center and it was not too epensive for some good pulled pork.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Easy to book(online). No stress inside. The short film is informative. The tour is OK, on the brief side. The staff could be more friendly. I think multiple language is available on devices for free but I'm not positive.

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Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Go here you won't be disappointed, the staff are friendly , the exhibits are interesting and told by the presidents and their families themselves

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Prior to going on the Capitol tour , my daughter and I had a great time looking at a video at the visitor center. If you ever go to DC, plan on talking the tour of the Capitol. However, make sure to make your reservations before you arrive.

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Camarillo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This place is so beautiful and the tours are well organized. The tour made us watch a short video regarding the Capitol's history. After that, you are assigned some headsets with Mic so you can hear the tour guide. Then they take you to the center or dome, then the crypt, etc. you don't need to reserve the tour in... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The visitor center was overbudget and way past it's deadline, but it was worth it. Now you can get into and out of the Capitol much easier and in a much more organized way. Get your free tickets early.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I love a good gift shop and this one gets an 'A+.' A ton of interesting and fun things to look at and purchase. I highly recommend a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is a beautiful well-done space. You could spend the better part of the day in the facility just looking around. There is a cafeteria in the center and it is okay. My food was too salty. They offer a wide variety from burgers to sushi. They are two banks of restrooms on either side of the center. They are... More 

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Additional Information about U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Address: Address: East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515
Phone Number: 202-226-8000
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday 8:30 pm - 12:00 am  12:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 pm - 12:00 am  12:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 pm - 12:00 am  12:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 pm - 12:00 am  12:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 pm - 12:00 am  12:00 am - 4:30 pm

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