Tours of the Capitol
COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update: The Capitol Visitor Center remains closed. We are not taking tour reservations at this time. Please check out our video tours and other online resources.
Virtual Capitol Tours
Please join our team of knowledgeable guides for an online virtual tour of the Crypt, Rotunda and National Statuary Hall. Register for an online tour to learn more about these historic spaces. Visit the Virtual Capitol Tour page to view available tour dates and times. Tour times are posted a week at a time. Please check back as more dates become available. Advance registration is required.
To request an accommodation to participate in a Virtual Capitol Tour, please email your request to AccessibilityRequests@saa.senate.gov at least 48 hours before your scheduled tour.
When the Capitol Visitor Center is open for tours, visitors view the historic areas of the Capitol on a guide-led tour. The tour includes visiting the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall. The tour does not include visiting the Senate and House Galleries, which require separate passes.
The Capitol Visitor Center welcomes visitors from across the United States and around the world. Identification is not required to enter the Capitol or to enjoy a tour.
All tours, programs and activities are free of charge.
The United States Capitol is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world.
Visitors are welcome to enter the building through the Capitol Visitor Center, located underground on the east side of the Capitol. You can begin your Capitol experience at the Visitor Center by visiting our temporary exhibits, perusing our Gift Shops or dining in our Restaurant. Please review the U.S. Capitol prohibited items list before your visit.
Guides using translation devices lead foreign language tours each day. Tours in Mandarin and Spanish are offered at 8:40 a.m. Each tour is walk-up only (no advance reservations are accepted). Tours are limited to 50 visitors.
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.