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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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8:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Mon - Sat 8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Sun 12:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Once through the scary security the decor and ambience were amazing with the free guided tour only being spoilt by the dome being renovated. The restaurant is worth a visit it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Once through the scary security the decor and ambience were amazing with the free guided tour only being spoilt by the dome being renovated. The restaurant is worth a visit it having a amazing set of choices like a Mall food court but not franchised. If you have very young children it could be a bit boring but if they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We visited the Capitol Visitor Center since we had a tour of the Capitol booked, and they start from here. We actually thought that the visitor center is from the Mall side, but alas, we had to dash aorund the Capitol, through very nice landscaping I must say - and the pictures from on top towards Washington Monument were spectacular... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

well oranized tours and interesting place to visit with a lots of history and well done pictuers and scluptuers

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Norton Shores, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

My husband and I visited the Capitol Visitor Center while vacationing in D.C. in August. It is huge and impressive, easily accessible and the employees are extremely helpful in pointing you in the right direction. The exhibit halls are absolutely filled with history that you could spend hours in, or you can get a quick tour from your reps' office.... More 

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Birkirkara, Malta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I was really looking forward to seeing the place from the inside. Although the place is impressive and the film before the tour was great, I found that there was no information being given out during the actual showcase of the master piece that is the building itself. Personally I believe it could and should have been executed better. I... More 

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Opelika, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Our tour guide was from one of the Congressmen's office and she was able to get us through w/o the normal wait. She knew her American History and we enjoyed the time spent with her.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The visitors center was a great experience. This is a newer building with great signage and well organized. It makes your trip to the Capitol or Library of Congress very efficient.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Absolutely loved it! Best to plan in advance for this visit, as you can get tours of the House and Senate through your representatives. In addition to the fascinating information, you get to see a lot of amazing art and sometimes get to see the representatives in session - all for free! Security measures are the most strict, so leave... More 

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Murray, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The place is impressive. Being free is great. Things are well organized. The cafeteria is fantastic. Clean and cool... But it is hard to know where we could and could not visit. There are many police officers who are just hanging around, chatting and doing nothing. A couple of them really had an attitude. One of them even yelled at... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

If only UK Visitor Centre's were like this! Organised and really informative. To be guided around such an iconic building was great - the inside of the dome/rotunda was shrouded in protective sheets for the restoration was a pity. We;d booked our tickets (free) before leaving the UK...turned up and very little queue at all (we had a 9:30am slot).... More 

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