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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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The Capitol Visitor Center is amazing....... such a great addition to the Capitol. The video presentation and the tours are awesome. You do not want to miss this great place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
travelinbandman
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Ringgold, Georgia

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Ringgold, Georgia
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97 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Capitol Visitor Center is amazing....... such a great addition to the Capitol. The video presentation and the tours are awesome. You do not want to miss this great place.

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful addition to the capital building. I used to work at the Capitol so it was a little difficult to not be able to go places I used to b able to when working there. It's a good tour, though, and touches on all the highlights of the building. Enjoyed taking my husband to see where I... More 

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Thank Micolski2013
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Son and his fiancé were in town, and we decided to go to the Visitor Center. It was awesome. Extremely interesting and lots of historical knowledge.

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Oriska, North Dakota
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10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We met at our Senator's office to receive a tour from an intern there and enjoyed our time in the visitor's center where we watched an informative video that helped set the foundation for the rest of our tour.

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Thank Darla S
Jakarta, Indonesia
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you do not have a reserved ticket it is easy to get one without much delay in the visitor center. The tour of the Capitol is one of my all time favorite tours. To view the senate and congress sections you must obtain tickets ahead of time from your state representatives

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Thank Championfey
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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49 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was pleasantly surprised by the renovations. It is a large space and the line waiting for a tour went rather quickly. I found the personnel in general very helpful. What was particularly fascinating was the displays on how government should work (!) as well as the building of the Capitol itself. Well worth a return visit.

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Thank chrisV9772TA
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely worth a visit. The tour guides are very fun and not preachy. Reserve tickets in advance and avoid the lines. The staff are all fantastic here. It is clean and a wonderful representation of the USA

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Olathe
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Capitol visitor's center is something never seen in the news, but it is quite impressive. Everything is more than I expected, with an air that inspires respect, while at the same time makes you feel that you are visiting the place where laws for all of us in the US live by. The souvenir store has a lot of... More 

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Thank alrivera01
Salt Lake City, Utah
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The capitol was amazing with so many insights that you would miss going by yourself. Our Senate office arranged for our tour and we got to see many fun and interesting things. We are fascinated by History and you can't get better than in D.C. especially the capitol.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent some time in here after our Capitol tour. Unfortunately the museum closed at 4.30, so our time in the exhibition hall was cut short. But the displays and interactive videos of rooms and explanations were very interesting.

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