Frequently Asked Questions
Visiting the Capitol
The Capitol Visitor Center is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Visitor Center is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Inauguration Day.
There is not a fee to enter the Capitol Visitor Center or to take a tour of the Capitol.
Yes, the only way to see the historic Capitol is on a tour.
You can book a tour of the Capitol online or through your member of Congress or senators. Please go to our Book a Tour page for details.
Tours in Mandarin and Spanish are offered at 8:40 a.m. by prior reservation. Please view the Foreign Language Tours page for more information. All other Capitol Visitor Center tours are offered in English. Non-English-speaking visitors may request a tour follow-along brochure, which provides translations of the historical information being shared by the guide. These brochures may be requested at the Information Desks and are available in the following languages: አማርኛ Amharic, اللغة العربية Arabic, 中文 Chinese, FRANÇAIS French, DEUTSCH German, हिन्द Hindi, ITALIANO Italian, 日本語 Japanese, 한글 Korean, PORTUGUÊS Portuguese, РУССКИЙ Russian, ESPAÑOL Spanish, TIẾNG VIỆT Vietnamese.
There are no storage facilities at the Visitor Center.
Yes, cameras are allowed in the Visitor Center and on your Capitol tour. Photography is prohibited in a section of Exhibition Hall that contains historic documents.
Visit the Architect of the Capitol's Capitol Flags Website for instructions.
Employment opportunities are advertised on the federal government’s employment website, www.usajobs.gov.