Visiting Our Nation's Capitol
Washington, D.C. is an exciting city that offers visitors the opportunity to witness the workings of our government firsthand. The city boasts impressive architecture, educational museums, historic monuments, and an array of entertainment and cultural experiences. The Metro subway system is a convenient and easy way to navigate the city.
My office is happy to help arrange tours of some of the most popular sites our nation’s capital has to offer. Please see below for more information about the tours our office can arrange and to submit a tour request form.
Due to overwhelming demand for these tours, we encourage you to submit your request at least three months in advance. Tickets are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and are subject to availability. If you have any questions, please contact my tour coordinator at 202-224-2742.
The U.S. Capitol
The U.S. Capitol is a monument, a working office building, and an important symbol of representative democracy. The Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Inauguration Day. There are no tours provided on Sundays.
Senate Gallery Passes are available for pick-up in 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. Requests should be submitted 1 – 2 months in advance of your desired tour date. More information about the tour can be found here.
The White House
The White House tour is a self-guided tour that typically takes 45-60 minutes. Tours are offered Tuesdays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The White House Visitors Office will assign you an entry time for your tour. The White House is not open for tours on Sundays, Mondays or Federal Holidays. It is unusual, but the White House Visitors Office can reschedule or cancel tours at the last minute.
White House tours are in very high demand and are usually requested months in advance, especially during high-demand season (March through September). Requests should be made 3 months and 1 week ahead of time. After the tour is requested, the White House will contact you two weeks before the requested tour date to confirm or deny the tour. More information about the tour can be found here.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
The BEP tour offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the production process of U.S. paper currency. Congressional tours being at 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., Monday through Friday, with additional tour times at 4:00, 4:15, 4:30 and 4:45 p.m. from April to August. Tours last approximately 40 minutes.
Requests for reserved tickets should be submitted at least 4 months in advance of your desired tour date. If you are unable to acquire reserved tickets, the BEP also distributes a limited number of walk-up tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. The BEP ticket booth opens at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and closes when all tickets have been distributed. More information about the BEP tour can be found here.
The Pentagon is the headquarters of the Department of Defense and one of the world's largest office buildings. Tours are available between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Tours are not conducted on weekends or federal holidays.
Tours of the Pentagon can be scheduled directly through the Pentagon Tour Office or by submitting a request to my office. Tours should be requested two months in advance and no later than fifteen days prior to the desired tour date.
The FBI Experience is a self-guided tour at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Visitors will learn how the Bureau works to achieve its mission of protecting the American people. They will also get a rare look inside the organization’s investigative divisions, laboratory resources, professional occupations, and more.
FBI Experience tours are offered Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays. Tours can be requested up to five months in advance, but no later than four weeks prior to the desired tour date. More information about the FBI Experience can be found here.
Department of the Treasury
The U.S. Department of the Treasury is located next to the White House and is home to an impressive collection of artifacts, works of art, and furniture. The tour focuses on the history of the Treasury and the architectural history of the building.
The Treasury Building offers hour-long, guided tours on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. Tours should be requested two months in advance of your desired tour date. More information about tours of the Treasury Building can be found here.