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Capitol Building

Washington Capitol Building
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Capitol Building

One of the world's most recognizable symbols of democracy, The United States Capitol is both a working office building and a national monument. Situated at the eastern side of the National Mall atop Capitol Hill, this popular DC attraction is the meeting place of the U.S. Congress. It's also the only place to see rare historical documents and one-of-a-kind American artifacts.


Hours -

8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday

Prices -

Free of charge


  • Exhibition Hall at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
  • Brumidi Corridors Tours
  • Congress and the War of 1812 Exhibition
  • Outdoor Walking Tours
  • Capitol and Congress During the Civil War Tour


  • Original documents
  • Artifacts
  • Touchable models
  • Computer interactives
  • Two small theaters
  • On-site restaurant
  • Gift Shops

Exhibition Hall at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

The world's only exhibit fully-dedicated to the story of the U.S. Congress, this popular attraction features original documents and artifacts, touchable models, videos, two small theaters and computer interactives that detail exactly how Congress originated and how it all works.


The Capital Building's on-site restaurant offers a delicious array of foods that reflect the diverse bounty of America. Enjoy a continental breakfast Monday through Saturday, from 8:30 am to 11:00 am and lunch from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm The dining area also features freshly-made salads, soups, sandwiches, pizzas, specialty entrées, desserts and much more.


  • How do you obtain gallery passes?

    Special passes are required to access the Senate and House galleries whenever either legislative body is in session. To obtain gallery passes, contact the office of your state senator or representative.
  • What are some areas for kids at the Capital Building?

    The Capitol Building features plenty of attractions for older children who are interested in reading, talking and learning about American democracy. Younger children will enjoy the grounds, Exhibition Hall and the huge skylights atop the Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall.


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