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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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Is great to go and visit. Make sure you don't have food or drinks with you. Very informative and a good place to take the kids for a educational trip.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Jackson, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

It was really crowded and while our guide was good, other guides from the Center had conflicting instructions. The Rotunda is closed and everyone is crowded in downstairs.

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Newport News, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Is great to go and visit. Make sure you don't have food or drinks with you. Very informative and a good place to take the kids for a educational trip.

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

WARNING: DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME IF THE ROTUNDA IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. There is barely anything to see and it takes too much time. Way better things to see in DC.

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Fox Lake, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The Capitol Rotunda is under renovation and the tour has been shortened. It's now a 20 minute tour that takes 45 minutes. You get pushed along and don't get to really look at things.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Although it's a bit of a walk to get into and security can be confusing, once you're in there's a lot to see including states sculptures. I recommend the tour if you have time.

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Irvine, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I was surprised by the restaurant. The food was good. The service was nice. Cafeteria style. Large selection. The BBQ chicken was tender and flavorful. We were there at 11 am. I imagine that it could get crowded. Keep in mind that there are two security lines to enter the visitor center. The line on the south side tends to... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I've been to D.C. a number of times but this is the first time I visited the U.S. Capitol. Touring with the families and athletes of the DOD 2015 Warrior Games we were given a special address by the Speaker of the House and the Deputy Secretary of Defense that isn't part of the regular Capitol tour. The visitor center... More 

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Bronx, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Definitely go for the tour - get the tickets - from the film to the guided tour it was all so worth it - it was an experience that I wish everyone should have - something about standing in rooms where so much has been debated and decided on such a grand scale...

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chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We didn't plan to take a tour, thinking we would just stop in, look around and then move on, but they were just starting their last tour of the day and there was room, so we went on it. I think our tour guide was great - funny and knowledgable - and the tour itself was nice. We got to... More 

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Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We contacted our local Senator's office to get tickets for this tour. We met in his office and were shown around by 3 interns, who were informative and funny. They took us to the Visitors Center where we waited for 10-15 minutes in line. We then viewed a movie which was an introduction to the way our government works and... More 

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Additional Information about U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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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