United States Capitol


E Capitol and 1st St
Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-266-8000
Phone: 202-225-6827

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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


10BEST Says

Sightseeing: 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.

Historic Sites: With the White House and the Supreme Court, the U.S. Capitol marks the third point of our three branches of government. The stunning and grandiose building will awe visitors from the outside and educate them on the inside, where tours start with a fascinating film about the building's history and purpose. President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the Capitol building way back in 1793 -- and ever since the Capitol has been the cornerstone of American life and leadership. From its massive 4,500-ton dome to the beautiful Rotunda and the eye-opening Crypt beneath, the Capitol is truly a marvel.


Insider Tips

Local Expert Says:

Sightseeing: "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.

Local Expert Says:

Historic Sites: "Spend some time in Statuary Hall and experiment with the interesting acoustics from the curved ceilings in the room. Two friends standing far apart can speak to each other and hear each other clearly, while those around and between them cannot."

10Best List photo 10BEST says

Sightseeing: 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.

Historic Sites: With the White House and the Supreme Court, the U.S. Capitol marks the third point of our three branches of government. The stunning and grandiose building will awe visitors from the outside and educate them on the inside, where tours start with a fascinating film about the building's history and purpose. President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the Capitol building way back in 1793 -- and ever since the Capitol has been the cornerstone of American life and leadership. From its massive 4,500-ton dome to the beautiful Rotunda and the eye-opening Crypt beneath, the Capitol is truly a marvel.

10Best List photo Insider Tips

Local Expert Anjali Mansukhani Says:

Historic Sites: "Spend some time in Statuary Hall and experiment with the interesting acoustics from the curved ceilings in the room. Two friends standing far apart can speak to each other and hear each other clearly, while those around and between them cannot."

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