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Archives (National Archives and Records Administration) and Visit the National Archives Experience
Reserved Visits: Visitors may wait in the general public line for entry at any time the museum is open. However, advance reservations are highly recommended and will allow visitors to avoid the exterior portion of the line to see the Charters of Freedom during the height of the tourist season (mid-March through Labor Day) and during holiday seasons such as the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. The convenience fee for online reservations is $1.50 per person and admission to all of the National Archives Experience exhibits is free.
Reserved visits are available at the following times: Guided Tours, 9:45 a.m., Monday through Friday
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
See how money, postage stamps, and Treasury securities are made at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The tour features the complete process of currency production, and how millions of dollars are created from sheets of paper to wallet-ready bills during your visit. The bureau offers Congressional tours at 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. During the peak months, May through August, Congressional tour hours are extended to include 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 4:45 p.m.
Public tours of the bureau are available from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. leaving every 15 minutes. During peak season, from May through August, hours are also extended to include the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tickets are required for all tours from the first Monday in March through the last Friday in August, on a first-come, first-served basis. The ticket booth is located on Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th Street). For public tours, the bureau offers same day tickets only. The Ticket Booth opens at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, and closes when all tickets have been distributed. Lines form early, and tickets go quickly. In fact, most days' tickets are gone by 9:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly.
During the non-peak months, September through February, no tickets are required. You may line up at the Visitors' Entrance on 14th Street. Please allow 45-50 minutes from the time you enter the building until the end of your tour.
The Kennedy Center provides Congressional tours Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The tour features the Hall of States, Hall of Nations, the Center's theater, and dozens of paintings, sculptures, and other art works given to the center by foreign countries. The 4:30 p.m. tour ends with the must-see Millennium Stage, where a free concert from different award-winning performers takes place each night. For more information,Free Guided Tours given by Friends of the Kennedy Center Tour Guides To arrange a Congressional tour, call your one of your Senators or your House Representative.
Library of Congress and Library of Congress YouTube Channel
The Library of Congress offers tours daily for the public, as well as special themed tours. These themed tours include; the Jefferson Building tour, Creating the United States, Thomas Jefferson: The Man and his Ideas and Music and Performing Arts at the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. To get information on these tours and other exciting events happening at the Library of Congress please visit Library of Congress Tours and Activities.
Experience the beauty of one of Washington DC's most magnificent landmarks. Major Pierre L'Enfant wanted a church that could be used by all denominations to convene for national purposes such as funeral orations, public prayer, and thanksgiving. The Cathedral is the site where our nation gathered monthly for services during World War II, gave thanks after the American hostages were freed in Iran, and President Bush held a National Prayer and Remembrance service on September 14, 2001.
Old Post Office Pavillion
"Originally built in 1899, The Old Post Office Pavilion embodied the modern spirit that was sweeping the country. Today, our architecture and spirit of innovation continues to evolve and thrive...A highlight of the Old Post Office Pavilion is its 315 foot Clock Tower and unparalleled vistas. Offering a sweeping 360 degree view, National Park Service Rangers give free Clock Tower tours everyday! From individuals to large tour groups, all are welcome.
The Old Post Office Clock Tower also proudly houses the official United States Bells of Congress, a bicentennial gift from England celebrating the end of the Revolutionary War. The Washington Ringing Society sounds the Bells of Congress every Thursday evening and on special occasions.
Visit us any day of the week for a free tour of the Old Post Office Clock Tower. Dial (202) 606-8691 for more information. It's a great opportunity to learn more about American history; this is a landmark not to be missed no matter your age."
Visit the headquarters of the Department of Defense. Since the beginning of its construction in 1941, the Pentagon has grown to over 6.6 million gross square feet. It is one of the most demonstrative icons of the strength of the United States Armed Forces.
To take a guided tour of the Pentagon, you must make a reservation in advance. Tours are offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Note that tour schedules can fill up quickly, so it is advisable to book your tour well in advance of your visit. Reservations may be booked from 8 to 90 days in advance. Reservations will not be accepted for tour dates within 7 days or more than 90 days away.
Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. A conformation letter and a security roster will be provided to the requestor upon approval through e-mail. The security roster must be filled out and returned to the Pentagon 3 days prior to your confirmed tour date. The confirmation letter must be provided to the tour guide upon arrival.State Department
Tours for the Reception Room enter the State Department at 23rd Street, between C and D Streets, NW.
The closest metro station is Foggy Bottom located on the Blue and Orange lines.
The State Department offers public tours of the historical Diplomatic Reception Room, Monday through Friday, at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. View the rooms where Chiefs of State, Heads of Governments, and foreign ambassadors meet with and are entertained by US officials. The rooms are decorated in 18th and 19th century décor with great American cultural artifacts: truly a mirror of our history and culture for other states to behold.
To visit the Diplomatic Reception Room tours must be arranged prior to visiting. Reservations for tours must be made in 90 days in advance. To make reservations please visit the tour website at Diplomatic Reception Room Tours The Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the Department of State, which are used for official functions hosted by the Secretary of State and other high level government officials, are open for pre-arranged tours at no charge. These rooms hold a premier collection of 18th century American furniture, paintings and decorative arts. You may see a preview of the collection on the Diplomatic Reception Rooms website.
Guided tours are conducted Monday through Friday at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, and 2:45 pm. Tours are 45 minutes in duration. Reservations are required and should be made approximately 90 days in advance, due to the large volume of requests. This is a fine arts tour. We do not recommend the tour for children under the age of 12. Strollers are not permitted and there are no facilities for storage of personal belongings.
Supreme Court and Touring the Building
The Supreme Court offers several educational programs for visitors, including exhibits, which are changed periodically, and a theater, where a film on the Supreme Court is shown. Lectures in the Courtroom are typically given every hour on the half-hour, on days that the Court is not sitting, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m. The building is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays.
Treasury (United States Treasury Building)
The Main Treasury Building is the third oldest building in Washington, and dates from 1836. In 1833, Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument, was commissioned to design a new Treasury Building after the previous two Treasury structures were destroyed by fire. Mills' T-shaped building is noted for the grand colonnade, sweeping across the entire expanse of the structure. Each of the 30 columns is 36 feet tall and carved from a single block of granite. Subsequent wings were added from 1855 to 1869, all retaining the Greek Revival influence of the Mills design.
United States Capitol
Experience our nation's Capitol Building: the heart of the legislative process. Visit the famous Rotunda and view Constantino Brumidi's fresco, "Apotheosis of Washington". See National Statuary Hall and understand why it is called the "Whispering Room". Visit the Old Supreme Court, the site of historical decisions such as Marbury vs. Madison and Dred Scott. Visit on a day that Congress is in session and see the legislative process in action from the House of Representatives Gallery.
Special Activities at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Aside from the general tour of the U.S. Capitol offered Monday through Saturday from 8:50 a.m. until 3:20 p.m., there are a number of special activities. Take advantange of them:
The White House and Tours and Events
Public tours of the White House are available. Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fridays, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted). Tour hours will be extended when possible based on the official White House schedule. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available. All White House tours are free of charge. (Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.)
If you wish to visit the White House and are a citizen of a foreign country, please contact your embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a tour request.