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BUREAU OF ENGRAVING AND PRINTING

See how money, postage stamps, and Treasury securities are made at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The tour features the complete process of currency production, and how millions of dollars are created from sheets of paper to wallet-ready bills during your visit.

The bureau offers Congressional tours at 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. During the peak months, May through August, Congressional tour hours are extended to include 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 4:45 p.m. For Congressional tour reservations, please contact Austin Bone in my Washington office at (202) 225-5034 at least six weeks in advance.

Public tours of the bureau are available from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. leaving every 15 minutes. During peak season, from May through August, hours are also extended to include the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tickets are required for all tours from the first Monday in March through the last Friday in August, on a first-come, first-served basis. The ticket booth is located on Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th Street). For public tours, the bureau offers same day tickets only. The Ticket Booth opens at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, and closes when all tickets have been distributed. Lines form early, and tickets go quickly. In fact, most days’ tickets are gone by 9:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly.

During the non-peak months, September through February, no tickets are required. You may line up at the Visitors’ Entrance on 14th Street. Please allow 45 - 50 minutes from the time you enter the building until the end of your tour.

Reservations are required for school groups. For additional information on tours of the Bureau of Engraving a printing, please visit this link.

The bureau is located at 14 and C Streets, S.W. The nearest metro stop is Smithsonian on the orange and blue lines.
   
KENNEDY CENTER

The Kennedy Center provides Congressional tours Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The tour features the Hall of States, Hall of Nations, the Center's theater, and dozens of paintings, sculptures, and other art works given to the center by foreign countries. The 4:30 p.m. tour ends with the must-see Millennium Stage, where a free concert from different award-winning performers takes place each night. For more information, click here. To arrange a Congressional tour, please contact Austin Bone in my Washington office at (202) 225-5034.

The Kennedy Center is located at New Hampshire Ave, NW and the Rock Creek Parkway. The nearest metro stop is Foggy Bottom on the orange and blue lines.
   
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

The Library of Congress offers tours daily for the public, as well as special themed tours. These themed tours include; the Jefferson Building tour, Creating the United States, Thomas Jefferson: The Man and his Ideas and Music and Performing Arts at the Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. To get information on these tours and other exciting events happening at the Library of Congress please click here.

The Library of Congress is located at 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., and the nearest metro stop is Capitol South on the orange and blue lines.

Visit the Library of Congress' YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/LibraryOfCongress

NATIONAL CATHEDRAL

Experience the beauty of one of Washington DC's most magnificent landmarks. Major Pierre L'Enfant wanted a church that could be used by all denominations to convene for national purposes such as funeral orations, public prayer, and thanksgiving. The Cathedral is the site where our nation gathered monthly for services during World War II, gave thanks after the American hostages were freed in Iran, and President Bush held a National Prayer and Remembrance service on September 14, 2001.

Up-to-date information on public tours can be found here.

The cathedral is located at Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, N.W., and the nearest metro stop is Tenleytown-AU on the red line.
  
THE PENTAGON

Visit the headquarters of the Department of Defense. Since the beginning of its construction in 1941, the Pentagon has grown to over 6.6 million gross square feet. It is one of the most demonstrative icons of the strength of the United States Armed Forces.

To take a guided tour of the Pentagon, you must make a reservation in advance. Tours are offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Note that tour schedules can fill up quickly, so it is advisable to book your tour well in advance of your visit. Reservations may be booked from 8 to 90 days in advance. Reservations will not be accepted for tour dates within 7 days or more than 90 days away.

Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. A conformation letter and a security roster will be provided to the requestor upon approval through e-mail. The security roster must be filled out and returned to the Pentagon 3 days prior to your confirmed tour date. The confirmation letter must be provided to the tour guide upon arrival.

To schedule your visit of the Pentagon please visit the tour website.

The Pentagon metro stop is on the Blue and Yellow line.

STATE DEPARTMENT

The State Department offers public tours of the historical Diplomatic Reception Room, Monday through Friday, at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m.  View the rooms where Chiefs of State, Heads of Governments, and foreign ambassadors meet with and are entertained by US officials. The rooms are decorated in 18th and 19th century décor with great American cultural artifacts: truly a mirror of our history and culture for other states to behold.

To visit the Diplomatic Reception Room tours must be arranged prior to visiting. Reservations for tours must be made in 90 days in advance.  To make reservations please visit the tour website or call (202) 647-3241.

Tours for the Reception Room enter the State Department at 23rd Street, between C and D Streets, NW.  The closest metro station is Foggy Bottom located on the Blue and Orange lines.

UNITED STATES CAPITOL

Experience our nation's Capitol Building: the heart of the legislative process. Visit the famous Rotunda and view Constantino Brumidi's fresco, "Apotheosis of Washington". See National Statuary Hall and understand why it is called the "Whispering Room". Visit the Old Supreme Court, the site of historical decisions such as Marbury vs. Madison and Dred Scott.  Visit on a day that Congress is in session and see the legislative process in action from the House of Representatives Gallery.

If you would like to arrange a Capitol tour, please contact Jane Johnston in my Washington office at (202) 225-5034 or visit the tour website.  Tours run from 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM Monday-Saturday.

All tours now start from the new Capitol Visitor's Center , which is located below the East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues. The nearest Metro station is Capitol South on the Orange and Blue lines.

SUPREME COURT

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States; upholding and interpreting the Constitution. Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes stated that the Supreme Court is, "distinctly American in concept and function".

The Supreme Court offers several educational programs for visitors, including exhibits, which are changed periodically, and a theater, where a film on the Supreme Court is shown. Lectures 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.

The building is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays.

To obtain updated information on visiting the Court, including any schedule changes, please call (202) 479-3211. You may also visit the website here.
   
THE WHITE HOUSE

The home of our President and the First Family, the White House acts as a residence, policy office, and a living history of our country. Within the White House, our nation's leaders make crucial decisions affecting our future and directing our country. Also, the President entertains dignitaries, meets with officials, gives press briefings and celebrates national holidays.

The White House offers tours to groups of at least ten people. Be advised that reservations are limited in procurement as the demand far exceeds the supply. If you have a group of at least ten or would like to be placed on a list compiling families to create a group of ten constituents for a given range of dates, please contact Austin Bone in my Washington office at least six weeks prior to the requested date. Please note that due to the limited reservation capacity and the large volume of requests to attain them, if you request tickets we ask that you do the most to make your schedule available for the tour. The White House is open Tuesday - Saturday. Tours are given from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Please visit the website for more information.

The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., and the nearest metro station is McPherson Square on the orange and blue lines.