U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol, Washington DC

U.S. Capitol
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.
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  • Capitol South • 7 min walk
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Sandy W
Phoenix, AZ327 contributions
Very impressive building. Not to be missed.
Jul 2021
Beautiful building, and we found it amazing how everything lines up, from the White House, Washington Memorial to the Capitol. Unfortunately one is not allowed to get close, railings preventing visitors from going up the steps. We did sit on the grass though and had a mini picnic. Well worth visiting.
Written July 26, 2021
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Judy W
Rowley, MA51 contributions
Proud to be an American
Jul 2021
We wanted to visit the Capitol to pay our respect for what had happened in January. The building is grand and stunning. The flags were risen which meant the house was in session. I knew our leaders that we elected were inside making decisions to take care of the American people. Proud is the best word I could use to describe the feeling we got while viewing it.
We took many picture and I also bought a tiny replica for my desk. A memorable moment in our lives. Wished we could have looked inside but many ruined that for us.
Written July 26, 2021
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Dean326
Johnston, IA148 contributions
Amazing to See in Person
Jun 2021
Bigger than I thought and just beautiful. The surroundings were very pretty as well and it gives hope that we can come together as a nation.
Written July 1, 2021
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Rick G
McAllen, TX267 contributions
Fencing still up. Can't get too close
Jun 2021
The capitol is beautiful and very much worth seeing. However, it's still fenced off (ironic) and you can only get so close. Sad...
Written June 25, 2021
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Leana143
Coastal Alabama133 contributions
Fenced in... Still.....
Jun 2021
There's a fence around the capitol right now so you can only get so close but it was nice to see, just wish we could have taken our child for a better view/tour. Sad but still beautiful to see. Our trip was tainted due to not being able to get closer.
Written June 21, 2021
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KatWat39
Canton, GA463 contributions
Capitol is Worth Seeing
Jun 2021
Historic Capitol is very impressive. Unfortunately, it is still fenced all the way around due to security issues. So, you need to work with your local congressperson to see if a tour is possible during your visit. We didn't know that, but we did walk around to see all the monuments and angles. Our teen grandsons really liked it.
Written June 20, 2021
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Shikataganai73
Guam, Mariana Islands1,022 contributions
Historic...
Jun 2021 • Solo
I had an amazing tour of the US Capitol. If you are able to, work with your Congressman on having a representative or Stafford assist you with a tour of the Capitol. This way you are guided to the various areas and provided bits of historical information regarding the statues, rooms, grounds, portraits etc. Luckily at this time it was District week and the congressman were away from session which allowed a special opportunity to view outside of the Speaker of The House's balcony. The view from the balcony is amazing as you can see the Washington Monument and other various historical buildings. I was also able to see the plaque an inscription for the Cornerstone laid by George Washington. Overall there is so much history there as it also connects to the original Supreme Court of which, there are three original seats and clock which still works today) and Senate chamber ( where you can see spittoons at the front).

The Rotonda offers beautiful statues and portraits as well as the Apotheosis of George Washington painted on the dome.
Written June 9, 2021
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Daniel L
Apex, NC134 contributions
If only the nutjobs hadn't gotten to it...
May 2021
Entire area is fenced off after the January incident. You can still walk around and see the various angles, but cannot even get remotely close to the building (not even on the lawn).

Police presence in the area is intense, with checkpoints for vehicles all around. Quite disappointing.
Written May 25, 2021
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Iniz
5 contributions
Let us in
May 2021 • Family
We were allowed to marvel at it from distance. Other tourists as well! When will we get to see it up close?
Written May 15, 2021
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Zhana Z
4 contributions
Barred
May 2021 • Family
You are barred from going in. It was a minor disappointment one is not allowed in. For law abiding citizens, open her up!
Written May 12, 2021
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U.S. Capitol is open:
  • Mon - Sat 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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