Visiting Washington, DC & Tours
Washington, D.C. is an amazing place for people of all ages and interests to visit. Below you can find information on some of the District’s most popular attractions, which our office can help you place tour requests for.
Due to overwhelming demand for tours from people all across the country, we ask everyone to send in their tour requests as early as possible. Each institution that you request to visit confirms or denies each inquiry, so we cannot guarantee any request.
Please fill out the following form and our Tour Coordinator will follow up for more information, or try to make other arrangements if your tour cannot be accommodated. Please only list full days that you are in Washington (not travel days), to ensure our request reflects your best availability. You may also call our Tour Coordinator at 202-225-4755 with any questions.
United States Capitol
The Capitol Visitors Center is open from 8:50AM to 3:20PM on Monday through Saturday for guided tours of the United States Capitol Building. It is recommended that Capitol Tours are booked one month in advance. Capitol tours last about an hour and run every ten minutes. My office also provides staff-led tours of the Capitol on Mondays and Thursdays. We are able to accept staff-led tour requests up to three months in advance. These tours are best for individuals, families, and small groups. If you are traveling with a group of ten or more people, we recommend you make a reservation through the Capitol Visitors Center. Both tours are fully accessible to people with disabilities.
Additionally, gallery passes for the Senate and House floors can be obtained at Congressman Ellison’s office, which is located in the 2263 Rayburn Office Building. The floor galleries are open from 9:00AM to 4:30PM on Monday through Friday.
My office is also pleased to help constituents book tours of the White House. Please note that the White House uses a lottery system for ticket distribution so I cannot guarantee tours will be granted. There are several requirements that must be met for White House tours, including security checks and advance reservations. Please note that all White House tours are self-guided and take place Tuesday through Saturday between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. As always, White House tour schedules are entirely dependent on the President and First Lady's schedule, and sometimes they will have to be either cancelled or rescheduled at the last minute. Due to the limited availability of White House tours, it is imperative that you contact my office at your earliest convenience and AT LEAST ONE MONTH PRIOR to your planned arrival in Washington, as the White House stops accepting requests after this time. Keep in mind that April/May and December are the busiest months for tours of the White House.
Pentagon tours are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The maximum number of people per Friends and Family tour request is 10, and there is no minimum group. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
The Supreme Court building is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tours, including a lecture 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. A film and other exhibits on the Supreme Court are located on the ground floor.
Library of Congress
Public tours of the Library of Congress are available Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.; and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Docent-led public tours depart from the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Tours are limited to 50 people. For more information on guided tours, ask at either of the information desks in the Visitors' Center of the Jefferson Building, or contact the Visitor Services Office at (202) 707-8000. To request a tour of the Library of Congress please use our Tour Request Form.
Please select the tours below that you would like to request. Please keep in mind, tours are granted based upon tour availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.