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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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Amazing to walk around

There is a lot of information. Check in at the front for the helpful brochures (for children) for guidance and directions. Remember, no water or food and there's security to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Brigantine, New Jersey
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Brigantine, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is a lot of information. Check in at the front for the helpful brochures (for children) for guidance and directions. Remember, no water or food and there's security to enter. So worth it to see the transformation of the bare land to our capitol. Very interesting and good for variety of ages. The cafeteria has a large variety and... More 

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a real good time on this tour. Ignore all the negative comments, they really can be annoying at times. This was a FREE tour and the guide was extremely informative and clearly loved her city / job. It only takes around 45 mins and you see some of the iconic rooms you see on TV so really worth... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So, if you're here, you're not here because of the visitor's center, you're here to tour the Capitol itself. But if you have to wait for that to happen, this is a nice, cool place to do that. The museum of the capitol itself is also nice, with a lot of history the remind you of why we have and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are planning a visit to the US Capitol, spend some time in the visitor's center first. It is a beautiful open and bright space filled with information that will be helpful for understanding the lawmaking process, the historical significance of the gems you will be seeing. It is a nice place to cool off in the summer even... More 

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Bois Colombes, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Impressive organisation to visit the Capitol. But in practice, we do see only statues + Introductory film + a small museum... it could be placed anywhere in the world as we don't see anything more due to major renovations of the Rotunda. In September 2016, it will be great again, so wait for it.

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Washington, D.C.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Has only been open for a few years. They did a great job. Wonderful and educational displays, much to see and much to learn. You can also get tickets for the House and Senate galleries - but families with children please note: absolute silence is required if go in and observe Congress in (in)action.

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Full disclosure dictates that I say that we could not get into the rotunda to see the great dome on the day we were there. That said, I am not sure that seeing the dome would have made the lines and the rather simplistic introduction movie worth it.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Major renovations scheduled through Sept 5 mean that the center rotunda is CLOSED. So our "tour" included a cheesy film and a walk through the museum in the visitor center that is open to all visitors anyways. My advice would be to see the outside and take pictures and save an interior visit for when the renovations are done. Just... More 

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Winchester, KY, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of neat sculpture and paintings. Restaurants and gift shops plentiful. Closes early. Tours of the Capitol are short and don't see much, but all are free. Plan ahead during tourist season. Long lines. They move people very well.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The remodel is beautiful. The entrance handling could be better though which is why no 5 stars. I love the tour as always though. Tour guides are good.

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