Hours & Info
Tours of the Capitol
A reservation is required for a tour of the U.S. Capitol. Visit the Book a Tour page for information on how to obtain a reservation.
The following information may be helpful to visitors planning a future visit.
The Capitol Visitor Center, the main entrance to the U.S. Capitol, is located beneath the East Front plaza of the U.S. Capitol at First Street and East Capitol Street. Getting to the Capitol »
Hours - The Capitol Visitor Center is open to visitors with tour reservations from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and on Inauguration Day.
Official Business - Visitors with official business appointments may enter through the Capitol Visitor Center.
Admission and Passes - Tour reservations are required to enter the Capitol Visitor Center. Admission is free. All visitors to the Capitol are required to go through security screening.
Tours - Tour reservations can be scheduled through the Capitol Visitor Center website or through the office of one of your senators or your representative. The last tour of the day is at 3 p.m. Please leave time to go through security. Book a Tour »
Visitors with Disabilities - The Capitol Visitor Center is fully accessible to people with disabilities. All films have open captioning. In addition, there are a variety of other services for visitors with disabilities, including adaptive tours of the Capitol, wheelchairs, and sign-language interpreting services for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. More Information on Accessibility »
Smoking - All areas of the Visitor Center are smoke free.
Strollers and Baby Changing - Strollers are permitted in the Capitol Visitor Center and baby changing stations are available in each family restroom.
ATM machines - ATM's are located outside each Gift Shop.
Service Animals - Service animals are allowed in the Capitol Visitor Center and the Capitol.
Capitol Etiquette Information - To ensure that everyone has an enjoyable visit to the Capitol, we ask that all visitors adhere to the visitor guidelines.