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Visiting Washington, D.C.

Welcome to Washington. Whether you are here for business or on a family vacation, you will find that our nation's capital is a fascinating place - full of art, music, history, and culture. During your visit, please take the time to discover the breathtaking monuments, wonderful museums, charming neighborhoods, and beautiful parks. You may also want to tour one or more of the important and historical sites listed below. We hope you enjoy your stay.

We highly recommend requesting a tour over the phone, as our staff would be happy to assist you in making arrangments for your visit. To request a tour, please call (202) 225-3335.

Or, you may click here to submit a tour request online.

Below is information for frequently-visited attractions. For a complete list of links to various institutions and travel information, please visit our Washington, D.C. Tourism Information webpage.

The White House is now accepting tour requests.

Free, self-guided tours of the White House are offered on a limited basis to members of the public, including families, school groups, veterans, members of the military, and youth. The White House is open for tours Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays.

These tours must be scheduled for you by your Congressman's or Senator's offices. To Request a White House tour, please contact our office. Tours should be requested 60 to 90 days in advance, to ensure availability.

Prior to your tour of the White House, you may be interested in visiting the White House Visitors Center to learn more about the history of our nation's most important home. The White House Visitors Center is located at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, between 14th and 15th Streets, NW. The Center is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free for the general public.

Our office can schedule you for a reserved tour of the U.S. Capitol to visit Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. (Limited availability on Saturdays may be accommodated as well.)

Please call our office at (202) 225-3335 to request a tour reservation. Our staff will be happy to assist you. On the day of your tour, you can meet the tour coordinator at our office, and a member of our staff will escort you to the Capitol building.

The Capitol Police maintain a strict policy on the number of visitors per tour, therefore if your group includes 10 or more people, please be sure to call our office well in advance of your requested tour date. Our tour coordinator can assist in arranging tours for larger groups, including school groups of 50+ people.

General Information: (202) 488-0400 or (202) 488-0406, TTY

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. through 5:20 p.m.

The main exhibit - the Holocaust - spans 3 floors of the museum. The self-guided tour includes over nine hundred artifacts and numerous video monitors displaying historical footage. Timed passes must be acquired to enter the main exhibit; passes are free. To reserve passes in advance of your visit, please call (800) 400-9373.

The Museum Cafe is open daily from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. It offers a variety of sandwiches, soups, and kosher meals.

General Information: (202) 225-8333

Program and Tour Reservations: (202) 226-4082 or (202) 225-1116

Admission to the U.S. Botanic Garden is free. It is open daily from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. The main entrance is located at 100 Maryland Ave., SW.

The U.S. Botanic Garden consists of the indoor Conservatory and the outdoor Bartholdi Park. Bartholdi Park is open from dawn until dusk and has entrances on Independence Ave., SW as well as Washington Ave., SW and First Street, SW.

Anacostia Community Museum:
1901 Fort Place, SE
Washington, DC 20020

Arts and Industries Building:
900 Jefferson Drive, SW

Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery:
Freer; Jefferson Drive, SW at 12th Street, SW
Sackler; 1050 Independence Ave., SW

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden:
Independence Ave., SW and 7th Street, SW

National Air and Space Museum:
Independence Ave., SW at 6th Street, SW 

National Museum of African American History and Culture:
1400 Constitution Ave., NW

National Museum of American History, Behring Center:
14th Street, NW and Constitution Ave., NW

National Museum of Natural History:
10th Street, NW and Constitution Ave., NW

National Museum of the American Indian:
4th Street, SW and Independence Ave., SW

National Portrait Gallery:
8th Street, NW and F Street, NW

National Postal Museum:
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE

National Zoological Park:
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW 

Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery:
8th Street, NW and F Street, NW
Renwick; Pennsylvania Ave., NW and 17th Street, NW 

Smithsonian Institution Building, The Castle:
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is open for walk in public tours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the weekends.

General Information: (202) 737-4215 or (202) 842-6176, TDD

The National Gallery of Art, East and West buildings, are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. and from 11:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. The entrances are located on the National Mall between 3rd Street, NW and 7th Street, NW on Constitution Ave., NW.

Located at 14th Street, SW and C Street, SW

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing offers unreserved public tours every 20 minutes from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. free of charge on a daily basis. However, tickets must be obtained on the 15th Street, SW side of the building on the morning of the desired tour; lines typically form at 6:30 a.m. and doors open at 8:00 a.m. There is a five ticket maximum per person.

Large bags, such as backpacks, are prohibited. There is no check facility available.