A reservation is required for a tour of the U.S. Capitol. Visit the Plan a Visit page for information on how to obtain a reservation.

Visitor Hours & Info

Tours of the Capitol


The Capitol Visitor Center, is located beneath the East Front plaza of the U.S. Capitol at First Street and East Capitol Street. Getting to the Capitol »

Icon Clock Hours - The Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tours must be reserved in advance and are available 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tours and Passes - Admission to the Capitol Visitor Center is free. However, passes are required for tours of the historic Capitol and must be reserved in advance. You may also reserve a tour through the offices of one of your senators or your representative.

Security - All visitors to the Capitol are required to go through security screening. Please review the prohibited items list before you arrive.

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 »

No smoking icon Smoking - All areas of the Visitor Center are smoke free.
Baby changing icon Strollers and Baby Changing - Strollers are permitted in the Capitol Visitor Center and must be kept with you at all times. Baby changing stations are available in each family restroom.
Public Phone icon Public telephones and ATM machines - Pay phones and 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 Capitol Etiquette guidelines.