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Visiting the Capitol
bullet Location
The U.S. Capitol is located on Capitol Hill at the east end of the National Mall. Tour bus operators may find it helpful to view the Tour Bus Route Map displaying travel routes to the Capitol. Drivers should use one of these routes when traveling between the tour drop-off/pickup point on First Street, N.E., and the bus parking lots. For a general map of the Capitol grounds, view The Capitol Complex section of this site.


bullet Times of Operation
Visitors must tour the Capitol using the Capitol Guide Service. Tours are given:
Monday- Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

The last tour is conducted at 4:00 p.m. Guided tours last between 30 and 45 minutes. The Capitol will be open on all Federal holidays except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


bullet Tickets
Visitors must tour the Capitol using the Capitol Guide Service. Tours are given free of charge. The public may visit the Capitol via tour groups consisting of 25 to 40 visitors. Timed tickets are issued beginning at 9.00 a.m. on a first-come-first-serve basis, with one ticket issued per person (please arrive early).

Visitors must obtain free tickets for tours at the Capitol Guide Service kiosk located along the curving sidewalk southwest of the Capitol, near the intersection of First Street, SW and Independence Avenue. Ticketholders will be directed to the South Visitor Receiving Facility. From there they will proceed to the Capitol to begin their tour. Until further notice, self-guided tours are prohibited.


bullet Important Phone Numbers
For additional information, you may wish to contact your Representative, your Senators, or the U.S. Capitol Guide Service.
Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 (to be connected with your Member of Congress)

Capitol Guide Service: 202-225-6827
Information about tours for the disabled is available from the Congressional Special Services Office at 202-224-4048 (voice) or 202-224-4049 (TDD).

 
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Did You Know?
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The Clerk is in charge of the display of fine arts in the House and House wing of the Capitol! Learn more in Time Warp: Art.

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