Visiting Washington, DC

My office can provide tickets to some Washington, DC attractions to residents of my district. All tickets are free and 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.

Attractions in Washington, D.C.

  • Arlington National Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery is open to the public at 8 a.m. 365 days a year. From April 1 to September 30, the cemetery closes at 7:00p.m.; the other six months it closes at 5:00p.m. Learn more by visiting the national cemetery’s official website.

  • Bureau of Engraving & Printing: The BEP offers public tours to visitors- the Ticket Booth, located at Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th ST, SW), opens at 8:00am and closes when all tickets have been distributed for the day. We recommend lining up no later than 7:45am in order to ensure your party can receive a tour ticket for that day. For further information, please refer here.

  • FBI Building: Prior to submitting an FBI Building tour request, please review Things to Know and the Privacy Act Statement. Once you have reviewed these documents, please submit your completed FBI Request Form via e-mail to Tour Coordinator, Claudio Boffelli, at Claudio.Boffelli@mail.house.gov.

  • Kennedy Center: The Kennedy Center offers walk-in tours every 10 minutes throughout the day. 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. on weekends. More information on free guided tours here.

  • Library of Congress: The Library of Congress offers walk-in tours- these begin every hour on the half hour (10:30am, 11:30am, etc.). Tour groups meet at the ground level information desk. It is recommended that you arrive about twenty-five minutes before your desired tour time. The Library of Congress also offers self-guided tours without a reservation. For further information, please visit here.

  • National Cathedral: The National Cathedral offers both guided and self-guided tours seven days a week. Audio tour rentals are also available. For more information, please visit the Washington National Cathedral website.

  • National Mall & Memorial Parks: Each year, millions of people visit National Mall and Memorial Parks to recreate, to commemorate president legacies, to honor our nation’s veterans, to make their voices heard, and to celebrate our nation’s commitment to freedom and equality. Visit here for more information.

  • Pentagon: By clicking here, you will be able to Request a Tour or Check an existing Tour. Once you submit your Pentagon tour request, you will receive an email from the Pentagon Security office with further instructions. Due to the popularity of the Pentagon, tours are often full up to 3 months in advance. The Pentagon only offers tours Monday through Friday, and is closed to the public on national holidays.

  • Supreme Court: The Supreme Court of the United States is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 9:00a.m. until 4:30pm- with the exception of Federal Holidays. For more information on the exhibits, visit the Supreme Court website.

  • U.S. Department of State: In order to submit a tour request to visit the U.S. Department of State, please click here.
    • Please select “Individual” under Request Type. Select the exact date you wish to visit, keeping in mind the U.S. Department of State offers tour requests only Monday through Friday. Fill out your information as well as all your attending guests’ information.

  • Smithsonian Institution: The Smithsonian Institution, comprised of 19 museums and a zoo, is the largest museum complex in the world. Smithsonian museums are free of charge and open all year round. For hours and locations, please visit the Smithsonian visitor's website. Museums include:
    • National Museum of African American History and Culture: The newest Smithsonian Institution here in Washington, and among the most popular, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum to focus on documentation of African American history and culture. Due to its popularity, tickets are required and available on the NMAAHC website. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
    • National Air and Space Museum: The National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. contains the world’s largest collection of space artifacts, including the Apollo 11 command module and the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Flyer. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tours are available on the museum website and admission is free. o American Art Museum: The American Art Museum in Washington D.C. features American artwork from the colonial era to the present. The museum splits the collection between two locations; the main location at 8th and F Street NW, and the Renwick Gallery. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and admission is free. 
    • National Museum of American History: The National Museum of American History focuses on artifacts from the entirety of our nation’s story, housing (among others) the original Star-Spangled Banner and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and admission is free. 
    • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is the contemporary art museum of the Smithsonian collection. Located on the National Mall, the Hirshhorn offers daily tours but no reservations are necessary. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and admission is free. 
    • National Museum of Natural History: The National Museum of Natural History in Washington offers a collection of wonders from the natural world, including the Hope Diamond and dinosaur fossils. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and admission is free. 
    • National Zoo: The National Zoo is located near Washington D.C.’s Rock Creek Park and houses over 1,500 animals on over 163 acres. Admission to the grounds is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but subject to change based on seasonal availability, weather, and other factors. Admission is free. 
    • National Postal Museum: The National Postal Museum houses a collection of philately and postal artifacts from throughout American History. Located near Union Station, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and admission is free. 

    Transportation: In Washington, D.C. the Metro system is reliable and will take you to all, if not most, hotspots you may be interested to visit. Please visit WMATA for more information.

    Want to know what else Washington, D.C. has to offer? Within the city’s parameters, there is Union Station, U.S. Botanic Garden, Rock Creek Park, Georgetown Waterfront, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and more! With 100+ free things to do and visit, find out what else you may be interested to check out during trip in the Nation’s Capital here!

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    Tour Information Please select each ticket type you would like me to request for you:
    Tickets are free, and provided on a first-come first-served basis. If my office is unable to secure a congressional tour for the sites you selected, most locations are available for public tours. Please visit here for information about public tour information for many of the sites in Washington D.C.

    Admittance is determined by the individual tour site or agency, not by the Congressional office. Unless specified, tours are available Monday through Friday.

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