Tours and Tickets
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, all Capitol Tours have been suspended until further notice. Currently, the White House is accepting tour requests for Fridays and Saturdays beginning in October. We apologize for the inconvenience in planning your trip. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-2501. We will monitor this situation and provide an additional update on future tours when that information becomes available.
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.
VIRTUAL TOURS AND FUN FACTS
If you would like to learn more about the United States Capitol building from home, you can check out the virtual tour made available by the Capitol Visitors’ Center here. Additionally, please take advantage of the rich collection of Virtual Exhibits found in the digital archives of the Capitol.
As you learn about the Capitol, I’d like to share some of my favorite spots:
- Each state donates two statues to be displayed in the halls of the Capitol. The state of Florida is currently represented by Dr. John Gorrie – the father of refrigeration and air-conditioning! This statue has been proudly displayed in the Capitol since 1914.
- Last year, Gov. Ron Desantis officially requested to place a statue of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in National Statuary Hall as the second statue to represent Florida. Dr. Bethune is the founder of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach and will be the first African American to have a state-commissioned statue placed in Statuary Hall.
- Located in the Capitol Rotunda, President Andrew Jackson’s statue sits at the entrance to the Senate wing of the Capitol complex. The namesake of Jacksonville, Florida, this is a popular picture spot for visitors from the Sunshine State!
- Beneath the Rotunda is the “crypt,” which was originally designed to be the entrance to George Washington’s tomb in the basement of the Capitol building. However, when George Washington died, his will specified that he be buried at his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia, so the tomb built for him remains empty.
- From 1810-1860, the Supreme Court met inside the Capitol building. The Old Supreme Court Chamber was the first room designed to house our nation’s highest court.
- Right outside the Old Supreme Court Chamber you can find a unique reminder of the history of the Capitol building. This area, called the Senate Vestibule, contains pillars that were a part of the original Capitol structure. When British troops set fire to the Capitol on August 24th, 1814, this was one of the only rooms to avoid total destruction. The pillars contain burn marks from the torches carried by British troops and remind us of the resiliency displayed by our young nation in the face of adversity.
Having the opportunity to walk the halls of the Capitol building each day is truly an honor and I hope that you will take advantage of some of the digital resources provided above. My staff and I certainly look forward to hosting you and your families for an in-person tour of the Capitol soon!