The Pentagon
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The headquarters of the United States Department of Defense are housed in the massive Pentagon, whose five wedge-shaped sections represent the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
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  • 3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A so-so experience
    We expected a little more in-depth info during our Pentagon tour, like maybe how the building is laid out, which floors dedicated to what, etc. Our first guide, female USAF, was easy to hear, but the second male Army guide spoke too fast & was difficult to hear. There are numerous display cases throughout hallways, but really no time to even look at them. I did like their focus on 9/11, exhibit, chapel, etc. Outdoor 9/11 memorial NOT included in tour—you must walk around parking lot on your own to see this—definitely a must-see. I appreciated being allowed inside Pentagon and understand secrecy, but feel we left with little more than seeing shops and hallways.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 27, 2023
  • montanapescado
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the hassle to get a tour!
    The Pentagon offers a great tour. Of course you don't get to see any current secret stuff of course, but you do get an excellent, interesting history lesson. The youn uniformed servicemembers who give the tours are always exceptionally sharp an even inspiring.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 1, 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Takes time to get approved.
    Only issue with getting reservations is we applied 90 days out and it took until the day before our visit to be approved. Apparently they are way behind in applications so just plan on going the time you set and if you don't here back the day before call the number on the website. Pentagon is incredibly well done with tour. The halls are aligned with history. 911 memorial is very well done, very emotional. Do Not take a bag follow rules, or you won't be allowed on tour.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 16, 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasantly Surprised by Tour of the Pentagon!
    After reading reviews, we were hesitant if we wanted to do the tour or not. We are very glad we did the tour! To say this place is huge is an understatement. Security is stringent but were very friendly. The visitor center entrance is right off the metro stop. Paid parking is across the street and it's a little bit of a hike through the tunnel to the visitor center. I recommend taking the metro! The appointment confirmation says you have to be there an hour before your tour, but if you get there 40 minutes before you should be totally fine. After clearing security they have a tiny gift shop (the only one you can access) and some photo opp spots to kill the time. Photos here are allowed. The tour was approximately 45 minutes long and has about 15 people. You are not allowed to bring your phone or any electronic recording devices (for obvious reasons). They have a lockbox for you to lock up personals and you get a key to redeem belongings afterwards. I read many reviews where people mentioned the tour being too quick and too much information. It is a continuously moving tour, so you do not have time to stop and read all the information on the walls. There is information/keepsakes/photos like museum style on every wall in every corridor. I think you could spend a week alone trying to get through it all - if allowed! You will walk approximately 1 mile during the tour alone. The guides covered a lot of information, but I think it was at a reasonable pace and they walked at a good pace, no one seemed to fall back. The unique thing is every time you take the tour the guides get to choose where they take you and what they speak about. Therefore, you can take the tour a number of times and hear new information. Regardless, they always include the inside 911 memorial on every tour. The tour guides (National Guards) are very friendly and are happy to answer questions. Very well worth our time!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 22, 2024
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Griffin D
Moscow, Russia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Had a great time exploring this play place. The employees were even dressed up as secret agents! They even had little fake guns they would point at me and say all sternly "Get out or we will shoot!". I loved the different rooms with fun themes, like the defense headquarters, and the bomb room. I even met an alien!
Written December 7, 2022
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Dickenson Family
Kemptville, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Very large, bigger than I was expecting. Another must see attraction if you are in Washington. Located on the way out/in to the city, for those who just want to see the building, the highway leading away from Washington towards Virginia drives right past it.
Written July 31, 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Only issue with getting reservations is we applied 90 days out and it took until the day before our visit to be approved. Apparently they are way behind in applications so just plan on going the time you set and if you don't here back the day before call the number on the website. Pentagon is incredibly well done with tour. The halls are aligned with history. 911 memorial is very well done, very emotional. Do Not take a bag follow rules, or you won't be allowed on tour.
Written April 16, 2024
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The Pentagon offers a great tour. Of course you don't get to see any current secret stuff of course, but you do get an excellent, interesting history lesson. The youn uniformed servicemembers who give the tours are always exceptionally sharp an even inspiring.
Written March 1, 2024
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CbinBigD
Dallas, TX
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This was one of my favorite tours in DC. The place is enormous. Security is tight and a security clearance must be done in advance. In addition to displays from all branches of the military, our guide took us to the 911 display inside where we could see exactly where the terrorists plan came thru the building. there is also an outdoor memorial to those who lost their lives on 911.
Written April 20, 2023
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Dleg4
California
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
We expected a little more in-depth info during our Pentagon tour, like maybe how the building is laid out, which floors dedicated to what, etc. Our first guide, female USAF, was easy to hear, but the second male Army guide spoke too fast & was difficult to hear. There are numerous display cases throughout hallways, but really no time to even look at them. I did like their focus on 9/11, exhibit, chapel, etc. Outdoor 9/11 memorial NOT included in tour—you must walk around parking lot on your own to see this—definitely a must-see. I appreciated being allowed inside Pentagon and understand secrecy, but feel we left with little more than seeing shops and hallways.
Written September 27, 2023
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jrbeebe
Dayton, OH
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Our son, who works at the Pentagon, took us on a personalized tour. A couple of takeaways: lots of offices, shopping, a clinic and beautiful outdoor plaza in the middle. Took a while to get in, even with military IDs, multiple checkpoints and airport-type scanning. The corridors are lined with photos and military relics that would make a museum proud.
Written January 28, 2020
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Stacy
Nashville, TN
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Pentagon tour was very structured and informative. The tour guides are military personnel and deeply care about their duty to inform the public of the history of the military branches. The tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon was very moving. No photos are allowed during this tour. There is a small gift shop but it wasn't opened at the time of my tour. I recommend this tour for anyone interested in military history.
Written February 2, 2020
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NigelHughes
Mullingar, Ireland
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
First of all you have to book as far advance as possible to do this, you may not get approval until the day of your tour so assume you are going anyway. Next the easiet way to get here is via DC Metro blue line. Exit at The Pentagon and not Pentagon city which is over a mile away. Bring your passport! You may bring a phone but are not allowed take photographs outside the building or while you are on tour. Expect security to be tight, staff are polite but strict understandably so.

So the tour itself, once you clear security you go to a visitors area with small shop - Yes it's very small although it has some cool stuff for those wanting a unique souvenir. There is no need to check in with the receptionists, they are there for official Pentagon business only. Your guides will first call you up to check in and then into a briefing room for a short talk.

The guides are military and in dress uniform and were surprisingly friendly and very knowledgeable so don't expect a bootcamp experience unless you break the rules. The tour is good, I wish there were more time for stops at some exhibits as they were very interesting and I think some photography stops could be allowed without endangering national security.

Overall it was a great experience just to say I was inside the Pentagon, although it takes a bit of planning and security is tight it was definitely a worthwhile experience.
Written October 23, 2017
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Business
Whenever I have the luck to visit Washington DC, I manage the time to go around its parks and monuments, but somehow the design, shape and outlook of The Pentagon have always attracted me in such a way that I need to stop by and take some pics again and again. I like it better from the plane during take of and landing as planes just flight over it given a whole panoramic view to appreciate better its design.
Written August 22, 2014
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