Tours and Tickets

All tickets are provided to constituents on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the large number of visitors, please request them as early as possible in order to maximize your chances. For information on sightseeing and attractions, please visit the Washington, DC Tourism Information page.

White House Tickets

Obtaining a White House tour can be very difficult. It is very important to follow the below guidelines for your application to be considered.

The following are policies determined by the White House for those requesting tours through Congressional Offices:
 
  • Tours must be requested at least three weeks in advance.
  • Tours are only available Tuesday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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To submit a tour or ticket request, please complete the Tour Request form.

 

Visiting Washington, D.C.

Our Nation’s Capital is home to some of the world’s leading cultural and historical sites. My office would be delighted to help schedule tours of the Capitol, White House, Bureau of Engraving and Printing or FBI. Please use the Tours and Tickets Form to submit your request. For tours of sites that do not require a Congressional liaison, consult the descriptions and links below to learn more about business hours and tour scheduling.

We hope you enjoy your stay in Washington, D.C.!

Planning Your Visit to the African American History Museum

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the newest addition to the many world-renowned attractions in our nation’s capital. This historic museum is the 20th facility operated by the Smithsonian Institution, and the first to open since the National Museum of the American Indian almost twelve years ago.The museum is located near the center of the National Mall at 200 15th Street NW, Washington D.C. 2030. It sits just northeast of the Washington Monument. Admission to the museum is free but passes are required for each visitor. Passes may be reserved online atwww.nmaahc.si.edu/visit/opening or by telephone (919-653-0443, or 800-514-3849), with a maximum of six tickets per order. Reservations are highly recommended. Some same-day passes on a first come-first served basis may be available at the museum after 9:15 a.m. each day, with a maximum of four per group. Every visitor, including infants, needs a pass.

Air and Space Museum

The Air and Space Museum is an exciting place for the whole family. The museum houses numerous artifacts such as the Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis and a lunar rock sample. In addition, the Air and Space Museum has 22 exhibition galleries, an IMAX theater, a flight simulator and the Albert Einstein Planetarium. The museum is open for visitors daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

American History Museum

The American History Museum explores themes in our nation’s history and culture by collecting and preserving over three million truly American artifacts from the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner and Lewis and Clark’s compass to Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers and Mr. Rogers sweater. Admission to the museum is free and guests are welcome daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m

American Indian Museum

The American Indian Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history and arts of Native American peoples. The collections in this national museum are from all major cultural areas and time periods of the Americas. The museum welcomes guests for free everyday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a monument, an exhibition space and also a research center for those studying the Holocaust and the prevention of genocide. The most popular exhibit, The Holocaust, is which provides a three floor historical narrative of the horriffic events that took place during the Holocaust. This exhibit is only recommended for guests eleven years and older. Tours of the Holocaust exhibit are self-guided and require passes for admission March through August. Passes are distributed on a first-come first-served basis on the day of your visit and have specific time for that day, denoting your tour time. Groups of 40 or more people need to schedule their tour visit.

National Postal Museum

Located at 2 Massachusetts Ave., NE is the National Postal Museum. This Smithsonian is devoted to not only the history of America’s mail service but also the hobby of stamp collecting. Guests are invited to visit the museum at no cost everyday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The National Portrait Gallery

Poets, presidents, visionaries, villains, actors and activists all call the National Portrait Gallery home. This amazing museum takes you on a journey throughout the history of our nation, from pre-colonial times to the present day, through the people who influenced it the most. The National Portrait Gallery is located near Chinatown at Eighth and F Streets, NW. Admission is available for free daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Natural History Museum

Interested in discovering the origins of humans? The National Museum of Natural History offers a journey through time showcasing the development of world cultures. In addition, the museum offers a look into the progression of ancient and modern mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and sea creatures. This Smithsonian is conveniently located in the heart of DC at 10th Street and Constitution Ave, NW.Admission is available everyday for free from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The National Museum of Natural History offers additional hours from March 25th through September, opening at 10:00 a.m. and closing at 7:30 p.m.

Mount Vernon

While in Washington D.C., visit the estate of one of our founding fathers and first United States President, George Washington. Visitors are welcome to tour the Mount Vernon Estate which includes the historic Mansion house, slave quarters, kitchen, stables, greenhouse, gardens, trails and pioneer farm site. Mount Vernon is open every day for visitors. April through August the estate is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., November through February it is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and in March, September and October it is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

National Archives

The National Archives houses some of the most important documents in United States history such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Self guided tours of The Nation Archives are permitted daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 15th through Labor Day, and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the day after Labor Day through March 14th. Reserved guided tours are available, Monday through Friday at 9:45 a.m. Reserved Time Visit Entry tours are also offered every 15 minutes, from 10:15 a.m. to 90 minutes before closing, daily.

National Building Museum

The National Building Museum transforms understanding of the history and impact of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, and design. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events, the National Building Museum welcomes all ages to experience stories about the built world and its power to shape our lives, communities, and futures. The Museum resides in one of the most awe-inspiring places in Washington, D.C., with a soaring Great Hall, colossal 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns, and a 1,200-foot terracotta frieze. The National Building Museum is open Monday–Saturday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm, Sunday: 11:00 am–5:00 pm.

Department of the Treasury

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's mission is to maintain a strong economy and create economic and job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable economic growth and stability at home and abroad, strengthen national security by combating threats and protecting the integrity of the financial system, and manage the U.S. Government’s finances and resources effectively. The United States Treasury Building offers guided tours on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. These tours can be arranged through the Washington D.C. office at 202-224-6542. Please have the names, dates of birth, and social security numbers of all guests when making the reservation.

The Kennedy Center

In September 1971, the Kennedy Center opened its doors to the public. Since then, the Kennedy Center has served as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy and home to some of the most spectacular performing arts. Tours of the Kennedy Center showcase some of the historic events leading up to the establishment of a national cultural center as well as an exhibit on the life and presidency of JFK. Walk-in tours are welcome and start every ten minutes. Stop by the Tour Desk and a tour guide will be waiting to help you embark on your tour. Group tours are also available at the Kennedy Center. These tours are for groups of 20 to 60 people and run every half hour until 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 p.m. weekends.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress offers hour-long, fully accessible docent-led tours of the historic Thomas Jefferson Building. During your tour you will learn about the Building’s symbolic art and architecture and view the grandeur of the Main Reading Room. Schedule: Monday – Saturday, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.*

*no 3:30 p.m. tour on Saturdays and first tour is at 9:30 a.m. on Federal Holidays

The National Zoo is home to some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife. Over 2,000 animals reside at the National Zoo making it an exciting experience for the whole family. From April to October, the National Zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and from November to March it is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

The Pentagon

While in the nation’s Capital, stop by one of the largest office buildings, the Pentagon. This massive building is the headquarters of the Department of Defense and as such has served as the location for planning and executing the defense of the nation. Tours of the Pentagon are available to the public by reservation only, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The United States Botanical Garden

The United States Botanic Garden is one of the oldest and most beautiful botanic gardens in North America. Tours of the Botanic Garden are open to the public and highlight the diversity of plants as well as their aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic, and ecological significance. Groups of 10 to 25 adults may reserve a free 45-minute guided tour. These tours are available Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please call (202)225-1116 four weeks prior to your ideal tour date to schedule your group tour.

The United States Supreme Court is open to the public: Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Although the Court does not offer guided walking tours, visitors are encouraged to tour the building on their own. Information about Courtroom Lectures and other exhibits the Court offers can be found here: Touring the Building. Helpful information about attending a Supreme Court Oral Argument can also be found here: Oral Arguments.