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.
Tours last about an hour and include the Rotunda, National Statuary Hall, and the Crypt.
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.
We recommend that you allow at least 90 minutes for your visit. There is a lot to see and do, including Exhibition Hall, two gift shops and the Capitol Cafe.
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.
To find out when Congress is in session, go to www.house.gov or www.senate.gov.
To get information about how to contact your Representative, go to www.house.gov, and to find information about how to contact your Senators, go to www.senate.gov.
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.