Visiting DC

Welcome to Washington, D.C. Whether you are here for business or on a family vacation, you will find that our nation’s capital is a fascinating place – full of art, music, history and culture. During your visit, please take the time to discover the breathtaking monuments, wonderful museums, charming neighborhoods, and beautiful parks. You may also want to tour one or more of the important and historical sites listed below. I hope you enjoy your stay. To request a tour you may click the button below:

White House

The U.S. Capitol Building

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

U.S. Botanic Garden

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Smithsonian

The Kennedy Center

National Mall

National Gallery

Visiting DC

Welcome to Washington, D.C. Whether you are here for business or on a family vacation, you will find that our nation’s capital is a fascinating place – full of art, music, history and culture. During your visit, please take the time to discover the breathtaking monuments, wonderful museums, charming neighborhoods, and beautiful parks. You may also want to tour one or more of the important and historical sites listed below. I hope you enjoy your stay. To request a tour you may click the button below:

White House

Free self-guided tours of the White House are offered on a limited basis to members of the public, including families, school groups, veterans, members of the military, and youth.
Open for tours: Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays.

These tours must be requested through your Congressman or Senator’s offices. To request a White House tour, please fill out the form on our website. Requests must be submitted 21 days in advance, but no more than three months in advance. The White House has sole discretion over the scheduling of tours.

Prior to your tour of the White House, you may be interested in visiting the White House Visitors Center to learn about the history of our nation’s most important home. The White House Visitors Center is located at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, between 14th and 15th Streets, NW. The Center is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Admission is free for the general public.

The U.S. Capitol Building

What? 45 to 60 minute tour

When? We can schedule you for a reserved tour of the U.S. Capitol to visit Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. Advance notice is preferred as consideration for staff tour volunteers.

Where? Prior to your arrival, please call 202-226-8000 to confirm your tour. On the day of your tour, you can meet the staff assistant coordinating tours at my office.

Other? Staff-led tours can only accommodate 45 people at one time, as Capitol Police maintain a strict policy of 15 visitors per tour guide. In some cases, we may be able to provide two tour times for larger groups, particularly school groups.

As well, Capitol Guide Services can accommodate 40-person tours. Tickets are free and are available at the South West Kiosk of the Capitol beginning at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday. One ticket per person is given on the day of the tour.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

What? 40 minute tour

When? We can request a reserved tour for you 1 month in advance to visit Monday through Friday at 8:15 a.m. or 8:45 a.m. For the months of May through August, we can also request 4 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 4:45 p.m. tour times. If none of the aforementioned options suit your plans, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing offers unreserved public tours every 20 minutes from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. free of charge on a daily basis. However, tickets must be obtained on the 15th Street, SW side of the building on the morning of the desired tour; lines typically form at 6:30 a.m. and doors open at 8 a.m. There is a five ticket maximum per person.

Where? The main entrance is located at the corner of 14th Street, SW and C Street, SW.

Prohibited Items? Examples include large bags such as backpacks. There is no check facility available.

U.S. Botanic Garden

General Information: (202) 225-8333

Program and Tour Reservations: (202) 226-4082 or (202) 225-1116

The Botanical Gardens are free and are open daily from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. The main entrance is located at 100 Maryland Avenue, S.W.

The Botanical Gardens consist of the indoor Conservatory and the outdoor Bartholdi Park. Bartholdi Park is open from dawn until dusk and has entrances on Independence Avenue, SW, Washington Avenue, SW and First Street, S.W.

All ages can appreciate this fascinating living plant museum

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

General Information: (202) 488-0400 or (202) 488-0406, TTY

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. through 5:20 p.m.

The main exhibit—The Holocaust—spans 3 floors of the museum. On average, the self-guided tourist would spend 3 hours visiting over nine hundred artifacts and numerous video monitors displaying historical footage. Timed passes must be acquired to enter the main exhibit; passes are free. To reserve passes in advance of your visit, please call (800) 400-9373.

The Museum Café is open daily from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. It offers a variety of sandwiches, soups and kosher meals.

The Smithsonian

National Air and Space Museum:
Independence Avenue, SW at 6th Street, SW
National Museum of African Art:
950 Independence Avenue, SW
National Museum of American History, Behring Center:
14th Street, NW and Constitution Avenue, NW
National Museum of Natural History:
10th Street, NW and Constitution Avenue, NW

National Museum of the American Indian:
4th Street, SW and Independence Avenue, SW

National Portrait Gallery:
8th Street, NW and F Street, NW

National Postal Museum:
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

National Zoological Park:
3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery:
8th Street, NW and F Street, NW
Renwick; Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and 17th Street, NW

Smithsonian Institution Building, The Castle:
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW

The Kennedy Center

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is open for walk in public tours from 10:00am – 5:00pm on weekdays and 10:00am- 1:00pm during the weekends. Congressional tours reserved in advance can be scheduled for 9:30 am or 4:30pm on week days and only 9:30am on the weekends. The 9:30am tour allows the unique experience to view the building before the general public arrives and tours in the afternoon will be able to stay for free concerts on the Millennium Stage beginning at 6:00 pm.

National Mall

General Information: (202) 737-4215 or (202) 842-6176, TDD

The National Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. and from 11:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. The entrances are located on the National Mall between 3rd Street, NW and 7th Street, NW on Constitution Avenue, NW.

The National Gallery is spread over two buildings known as the East and West Wings. Visit the West Wing to view mainly classical art and peruse the East Wing for more modern pieces.

National Gallery

General Information: (202) 737-4215 or (202) 842-6176, TDD

The National Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00p.m. and from 11:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. The entrances are located on the National Mall between 3rd Street, NW and 7th Street, NW on Constitution Avenue, NW.

The National Gallery is spread over two buildings known as the East and West Wings. Visit the West Wing to view mainly classical art and peruse the East Wing for more modern pieces.

Tour Request

If you are planning to visit our nation’s capital, my office can provide you with passes to the Senate Visitor’s Gallery, to observe business on the Senate floor when we are in session, and information on what to see in Washington, D.C.

Please complete the form below to file your request electronically. If you experience any difficulties filling out this form, please call my office at (202) 224-4451.

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