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United States Capitol

East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20004 USA

Free to Visit
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Mon 8:30a-4:30p
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  • Wheelchair
  • Public
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“Capitol of the United States of America”

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. Whether you are here to get information about an upcoming visit, to involve yourself in the workings of the Senate and House of Representatives, or to be inspired by two centuries of art and architecture, this site will be a gateway to your Capitol experience. The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is the newest addition to this historic complex. At nearly 580,000 square feet, the Visitor Center is the largest project in the Capitol's more than two-century history and is approximately three quarters the size of the Capitol itself. The entire facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol so as not to detract from the appearance of the Capitol and the grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1874. 

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Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

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  • 592 Reviews
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June 29, 2016
Rated 3.0

There are better things to see in DC (with less crowds and less hassle). Save this towards the end of the your list when visiting the area

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Tatiana Danger

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  • 1,169 Reviews
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July 13, 2014
Rated 3.0

If you wanna visit, you should plan on being there right after it opens at 9AM, in order to avoid the crowds. Weekday mornings are better than weekends. Also, you can book a tour in advance online, or contact the office of your state Senator or Rep. Parking is a nightmare.

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David Stacy

  • 134 Reviews
  • 99 Helpful
July 12, 2014
Rated 1.0

This tour used to be better before they spent millions of dollars building a visitor center to deal with the multudinous crowds.

You do get to see the rotunda, and a lot of statues.

You don't get to see anything else.

Probably the worst national attraction in DC as far as time spent and things seen.

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United States Capitol

East Capitol St NE & First St SE
Washington, District of Columbia
20004 USA


Open now until 4:30 pm
  • Mon - Sat: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
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