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Capitol Building at District of Columbia
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U.S. Capitol - Seat of American Government

Home to the United States Congress, this stunning government building was constructed in stages between 1793 and 1868. Originally designed by amateur architect, William Thornton, in collaboration with White House architect, James Hoban, this important Washington, DC landmark has endured many revisions and additions, with 11 different architects contributing to the design over its storied history. Finally restored and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960, the building features a large American art collection, fluted columns, marble statuary, and a stunning neoclassical design style that is enhanced by Philip Reid's majestic statue, Freedom, that sits atop its distinctive dome. The Capitol is one of Washington, DC's most popular attractions with millions of visitors touring the building each year.


Prices -

Free, but tour passes are required.

Hours -

The Visitor Center is open Monday-Saturday, from 8:30am-4:30pm, and tours are offered from 8:50am-3:20pm, except for major holidays.


  • Starlight Concerts
  • Military Bands Concert Series
  • A Capitol 4th Concert & Fireworks


  • Visitors Center
  • Guided Tours
  • National Statuary Hall
  • Senate & House Galleries
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant


  • How much time should I allow to visit the Capitol Visitor Center?

    You should plan to allow at least 90 minutes for your visit to the Capitol Visitor Center and to enjoy a leisurely tour of the Capitol Building. Visitors are welcome to remain in the Visitors Center as long as they like, but guided tours are limited to around one hour.
  • How can I obtain a flag that has flown over the Capitol?

    Currently, more than 100,000 flag requests are fulfilled each year. In order obtain a flag flown over the Capitol, you must contact your State Senator or Representative and order it through their office. Flags are available in different sizes and fabrics and range in price from $11-$105 each.

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