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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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8:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Tue - Sun 12:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Capitol Tour

This is a great place to learn about the history of the Capitol as well as DC as a whole. The visitor center has great pictures and information that you didn't learn in school.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great place to learn about the history of the Capitol as well as DC as a whole. The visitor center has great pictures and information that you didn't learn in school.

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Washington DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An interesting complex that was constructed to ensure safety for Members of Congress during a crisis, but also astonishingly enormous and educational for visitors. A must see.

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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is a mass experience, but you feel welcome in this large hall. Safety is provided. Tours are very pleasant.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nothing but the very best for the taxpayers' money as the Capitol Visitor's Center is magnificent, huge, efficient, of the finest materials, with a good selection of food and drinks in the cafeteria, and excellent service. The movie is an excellent introduction to the tour - informative and comprehensive, as well as entertaining... Very many people visit but the Center... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The tours here are well run. I was really impressed and got to learn so much I didn't know before. The building is also connected to the Library of Congress via an underground passage, so make sure you do that as well. If you go to the Capitol first, you will not have to go through security again to get... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We booked on line and turned up a day early to just check it out and were able to go straight in. It starts with an audio presentation which explanis how things work in government. Then one is taken on a tour of various chambers within the Capital building. We enjoyed the tour and the guide was excellent

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Lancaster, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived later in the day and were unable to really look into any of the tours. We did have two thirsty pre-teens so we took a few minutes to stop into the cafeteria for a drink. The cafe has a lot of choices and we got suckered in by the dessert bar. Chocolate cake was divine and left us... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty average cafeteria food (but good coffee!) and quick. Really meant for the tourists so it's quick, easy, and lots of seats so good for kids or groups.

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Danbury, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Visitor Center is nothing more than a pass through on the way to the Capitol and a place to relax, have some refreshments and use the bathroom and maybe look at some literature and artifacts and take home some Souvenirs that you may buy at the gift shop. Remember, you need to get tickets to the Capitol and for... More 

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

Instead of waiting at the line, contact your senator's office for a more private and in-depth tour of the Capitol. Of course, the professional tour guides at the visitor center might be able to answer your questions better than the interns or senate staff.

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