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U.S. Capitol & Capitol Visitor Center

The Capitol Visitor Center is the main entrance to the U.S. Capitol and is located below the East Front plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues.

The Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30, Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Inauguration Day.

Guided tours of the Capitol are available Monday through Saturday, 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Tours are free, but tour passes are required.

Tours may be booked in advance online at, through the offices of your senators or representative, or through the Office of Visitor Services at 202.226.8000. A limited number of same-day passes are available each day.

The Capitol Visitor Center also features a 500-seat Restaurant, two Gift Shops, and an Exhibition Hall which tells the story of the U.S. Congress and the Capitol.

For a list of items prohibited in the Capitol, and for other information, go to

Facility Amenities
ADA Compliant, Foreign Language Guides, Free Admission, Guided tours available
Rate Type
Length of Tour
Less than 1 hour
Metro Station
Capitol South
E Capitol St. & 1st St. NE
Washington, DC 20004
Capitol Hill

(202) 226-8000