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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Address: East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515 (National Mall)
Phone Number: 202-226-8000
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Ranked #65 of 242 Attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Traveler Resources
Hours:
Mon - Sat 8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Sun 12:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Fayetteville, Georgia
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729 reviews 729 reviews
148 attraction reviews
316 helpful votes 316 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW 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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3,222 reviews 3,222 reviews
1,962 attraction reviews
8,297 helpful votes 8,297 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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83 reviews 83 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We were in the Library of Congress and decided to take advantage of the underground tunnel to walk in warmth and not the cold of outside. But there was a very interesting exhibit on display about the evolution of the Capitol Building and that intrigued us greatly. I learned a lot and I found it worth our time. There was... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

It was definitely neat to walk through the capitol building and see the art and architecture but the tour was large and crowded. I didn't get a lot out of it and sorta wish I could have just wandered on my own.

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Mississauga, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I had high hopes for this visit. The building itself is stunning. It fell short in way of the tour. Too short and no where near enough to capture our attention. Unfortunately the rotunda was closed for repairs. One of the main reasons I came to Washington. I hope to come back one day when it is open once again.... More 

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