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United States Capitol
  • E Capitol and 1st St

    Washington, DC 20510

  • Phone: 202-266-8000

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  • Hours:

    Visitor's Center &

    Gift Shop 


    Mon-Sat 8:30am-4:30pm Senate &

    House Galleries (When in Session) 


    Mon-Sat 9am-4:30pm Restaurant 


    Mon-Sat 7:30am-4pm Tour Passes Required 


    Mon-Sat 8:50am-3:20pm

  • Type:
    Historic Sites
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The U.S. Capitol houses one of our three branches of government: the legislative branch. The grandiose building is awe-inspiring (no matter which side of the aisle you're on) both outside and in. From its massive 4,500-ton dome to the beautiful Rotunda and crypt beneath, the Capitol is truly a marvel. (Request a special pass from your senator or representative if you'd like to sit in the observation gallery while Congress is in session.) President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the building in 1793; ever since, it's been a cornerstone of American democracy. Metro: Union Station, Capitol South or Federal Center.







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Holly Smith

Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"Same-day passes are scarce, so book your free tour of the Capitol in advance either online or through your congressional representative's office."

Best for Sightseeing Because: With its iconic dome and imposing size, the U.S. Capitol is as serious as the work being done within its walls.