If you and your family are planning a trip to Washington, DC, our office can provide you with sightseeing information and assist with setting up tours. Please note that due to COVID-19, many popular tour sites are not open right now. We strongly encourage you to check the websites of the destinations you are interested in to learn about current closures before submitting a tour request.
If your trip to Washington, DC is less than two weeks away, please call our office right away at 202-224-4041.
Tours of the Capitol Building
Tours of the US Capitol are arranged through the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC). My office is also happy to schedule you a guided tour of the Capitol Building, Monday through Friday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm departing from our office. Please note that preferred start times are available on a first-come, first-served basis so we ask that you request up to three months in advance especially if requesting during peak tour season (April-September).
For further information, including travel advice and restricted items, please consult the CVC's website below.
Tours of the White House
The White House offers self-guided tours that last approximately 45 minutes. These tours are available Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and Friday and Saturday from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted). Your tour must be set up by a Congressional Office. You can request a tour for up to 3 dates, up to 3 months in advance and no later than 3 weeks before your desired dates.
If approved, the White House will assign a tour time that cannot be changed. Although rare, White House tours can be subject to last minute cancellations and rescheduling.
Tours of The Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Tours of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing allow the general public a rare glimpse at one of the most intriguing processes in American history: the production of money. Free public tours are offered every fifteen minutes between 9:00 am and 10:45 am, and between 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm. During the months of extended summer hours (April-August), tours are offered until 3:45 pm. Your tour must be set up by a Congressional office.
Tickets are required during peak season (March-August); these tickets can be ordered at the Bureau's ticket booth located at Raoul Wallenberg Place. The ticket booth opens at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, but lines form early and we recommend arriving at the booth no later than 7:00 a.m. All tickets are for same day use. From September through February (non-peak season) no tickets are required for tours of the Bureau.
Large group tours (ten to fifty people, maximum) require a reservation and are only offered between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m throughout the year.
Tours of Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is one of the oldest research institutions in the country. It hosts an impressive collection of books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and other original historical documents. One of the Library’s primary goals is to make this information readily available to both the general public and Members of Congress. I urge you to visit the library to learn about the history, architecture, and collections of America’s oldest cultural institutions.
The Library of Congress offers hour-long, fully accessible, docent-led tours of the historic Thomas Jefferson Building. Please submit your request for a reserved tour at least two months in advance. For further information, including directions, a list of current exhibits, and to schedule a tour, please call the Library’s Visitor office at (202) 707-0919.
Tours of The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court building is the central locus of our nation’s legal system. The hundreds of landmark decisions handed down by this court will continue to guide American legal history for generations to come. Exhibits and lectures detailing these historic events are offered on a rotating basis throughout the year.
From October through April, oral arguments can be viewed by the general public when the court is in session. Although arguments do not begin until 10:00 a.m., we advise you to arrive as early as 8:00 a.m. in order to secure seats. Please view the Calendar of Oral Arguments for a detailed schedule.
Between the months of May and June the general public may observe the Court for the release of orders and opinions, a practice that normally lasts around fifteen to twenty minutes. Although these sessions do not begin until 10:00 a.m., we again urge you to arrive as early as possible to secure seats.
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