D.C. Tour Requests

We are pleased to assist our constituents in planning their trips to the Washington, D.C. area. Tour times can be arranged through our office for a number of popular sites. Due to the extremely high volume of requests the institutions receive, advance notice is required and we will not be able to guarantee any tour request.

To request a tour, please click the button below. Questions may be directed to our tour coordinator, Angelina Estrada-Burney at angelina_burney@murkowski.senate.gov

Please note that the White House, the Department of State, and the Supreme Court tour requests need to be made at least 3 months in advance.

Please be aware that more information will be required for White House and Dept of State tours, tours will be limited, and even with advanced notice we will not be able to guarantee a tour.  

Please only request the tours you fully intend to attend. Frequent last minute cancellations keep other Alaskans from enjoying available tours.

Click Here To Request a Tour

 
 
  • The United States Capitol

    The United States Capitol is a monument, a working legislative building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of Democracy in the world. The online Visitor's Center is designed to provide you with the latest information on planning your trip to the Senate and accessibility found within. Also provided for your convenience are the most current maps for visitors and information on events and attractions of Washington, D.C. My office can help arrange Congressional tours of the Capitol Monday through Friday. Please allow a minimum of two weeks notice. The Capitol Visitor Center, the main entrance to the U.S. Capitol, is located beneath the East Front plaza of the U.S. Capitol at First Street and East Capitol Street.

    The general visiting hours of the Capitol are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. 

    Telephone: 202-224-9302

    Metro Stop: Union Station, Capitol South, or Federal Center SW

  • The White House

    Public tours of the White House must to be requested at least three months in advance. These requests must be submitted through one’s Member of Congress. The White House Visitor Center is located at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. President's Park boundaries are between 17th and 15th Streets NW on the west and east and between H Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW on the north and south. If you are taking a White House tour, please line up at 15th and Hamilton Streets NW. White House tours are entirely self-guided and are available from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays). Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. All White House tours are free of charge. Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.

    https://www.nps.gov/whho/planyourvisit/directions.htm

    All White House tour requests must include:
    Full name of everyone in the party 
    Home Address 
    Contact Numbers 
    Email Address 
    Date of Birth for everyone in the party 
    Social Security Number for everyone in the party 
    The White House will contact you directly for this information once the request is submitted. 

  • The Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court offers a variety of educational programs. Exhibits, which are changed periodically, and a theater where a film on the Supreme Court is shown are located on the
    ground floor. 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.

    Congressional tours are available Monday through Friday at 12:30PM when the Court is not sitting. Seating is extremely limited and three month’s notice is required.  

    https://www.supremecourt.gov/

  • The Library of Congress

    The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 130 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 58 million manuscripts. Docent-led scheduled public tours are offered Mondays through Saturdays in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. 
    Public Tour Schedule: Monday-Friday: 10:30 and 11:30am, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm; Saturdays: 10:30 and 11:30am, 1:30 and 2:30pm.
    101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, D.C. 20540
    Tel: Visitors' Information (202) 707-9779
    Metro: Union Station or Capitol South

    Congressional tours of the Library of Congress are available 9:45AM, 11:45AM, and 1:45PM, Monday through Friday (excluding Federal holidays). Space is limited. Please contact our office approximately 3 months in advance. 

  • Department of Interior Monument Tour

    The tour consists of the Washington Monument, Jefferson, FDR, Lincoln, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorials. You will be escorted by a Park Ranger that leads the tour and is available to answer your questions.  It is recommended to wear layers, depending on weather, and to wear comfortable shoes as this tour requires long hours of walking. It is located at 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240 (in the 1200W wing of the Building, near the entrance at C Street). The tour begins promptly at 9:00am and concludes at 3:30pm. Please be advised that they do not allow strollers, car seats, wheelchairs, or walkers. Congressional tours are available and require three months advance notice.

    Telephone: (202) 208-3100

    Metro Stop: Farrugut West

  • The Smithsonian Institution

    The Smithsonian Institution is comprised of 16 individual museums and the National Zoo. 13 of the museums are located on the National Mall and many offer free highlight tours. The museums are open daily, except for December 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with extended hours during the summer. Visitors should check with each museum for special hours or closings. The Smithsonian information center is housed in the Castle and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free for all visitors. 
    Tel: (202) 633-1000
    Metro Stop: Smithsonian.

  • Air and Space Museum

    The world's most popular museum, displaying the Wright brothers' plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo II command module, now also includes the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport. The two buildings contain the largest collection of air and space memorabilia in the world. A shuttle bus is provided between the two centers for visitors, however space is limited, and visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. The trip takes about 45 minutes, and tickets prices vary depending on the time of day. Located at 6th and Independence Ave., S.W. 

    Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM (closed December 25th)

    Telephone: (202) 633-2214


    Metro: L'Enfant Plaza or Smithsonian
     
    For Shuttle Tickets: 202-633-IMAX (4629) or toll free at 1-877-WDC-IMAX (1-877-932-4629) 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm, EST, except December 25th. There is a $2.00 per ticket fee (non-refundable) for tickets ordered by telephone.

  • American Art Museum

    This museum is dedicated to the preservation of American art from across the country. The collections, which span over 300 years of artistic development in the United States and feature over 7,000 artists, include works by Georgia O'Keeffe and Winslow Homer. The American Art Museum's historic building is at the heart of the revitalized historic arts district in D.C. 
    Location: 750 9th Street, N.W.
    Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown
    Telephone: (202) 633-7970

  • American History Museum

    This museum features artifacts that tell the history of our nation. Highlights include the original "Star-Spangled Banner," the First Ladies' gowns, an old fashioned ice cream parlor, Kermit the Frog, and milestones of American invention: Bell's telephone, Ford's Model T, and Whitney's model of the original cotton gin. Due to the size of the museum's collection, exhibits are rotated.                                                                                                                                                                      Location: 14th and Constitution Ave., N.W. 

    Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Telephone: (202) 633-1000

    Metro Stop: Smithsonian or Federal Triangle
     

  • American Indian Museum

    Opened on September 21, 2004, the American Indian Museum's mission is to preserve and study the life, language, literature, history, and art of Native Americans. The Washington, D.C. museum is one of three Smithsonian centers devoted to preserving Native American culture.

    Location: 4th St. and Independence Ave., S.W.

    Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Telephone: (202) 633-1000


    Metro Stop: L'Enfant Plaza or Smithsonian.

  • Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture

    The Anacostia Museum tells the history and culture of African Americans in the United States. The center is devoted to preserving and unearthing the history of Anacostia, one of D.C.'s first suburbs, and home to Frederick Douglass' house, “Cedar Hill.”                                                                                                          

    Location: 1901 Fort Place, SE, Washington, D.C.

    Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Closed December 25th)                                                 

    Telephone: (202)-633-4820

    Metro: Not directly accessible by Metrorail. Bus transfers are available at the Anacostia stop on the green line.      

  • Natural History Museum

    Visitors can learn about glaciers and Ice Age mammals. Exhibits range in size from the mounted African Bush elephant, dinosaur skeletons, and the 92 foot model of a blue whale, to the Hope Diamond and the bones of a tiny pocket mouse. The museum also has an IMAX theater.

    Location: 10th and Constitution Ave., N.W.

    Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Closed December 25th)
     
    Telephone: (202) 633-1000

    Metro Stop: Smithsonian or Federal Triangle. 

  • Smithsonian Building

    To many visitors this building, popularly known as the castle, symbolizes the entire Smithsonian. It was the institution's first building and today houses the Visitor Information Center. A carousel for children of all ages is located outside the museum. 
    Location: 1000 and Jefferson Dr., S.W.

    Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Closed December 25th)
     
    Telephone: (202) 633-1000 

    Metro Stop: Smithsonian

  • The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

    The Hirshhorn features modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on the last 30 years. The collection includes works by Picasso, Giacometti, de Kooning and Warhol, as well as a sculpture garden with over 60 pieces.
    Location: Independence Ave. at 7th St., S.W.

    Hours: Museum: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Plaza: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Garden: 7:30 AM - Dusk, (Closed December 25)    

    Telephone: (202) 633-1000

    Metro Stop: L'Enfant Plaza.

  • Freer & Sackler Gallery of Asian Art

    Featuring art from across Asia, the Freer Gallery opened in 1923 and was the first Smithsonian museum for fine arts. In 1987 the Sackler Gallery opened to feature gifts from Dr. Arthur M. Sackler's Asian art collection. The two museums are connected by an underground exhibition space. 
    Location: Jefferson Dr. at 12th St., S.W.

    Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Closed December 25)
     
    Telephone: (202) 633-4880

    Metro Stop: Smithsonian.

  • National Portrait Gallery

    Adjacent to the National Collection of Fine Arts, the Portrait Gallery features paintings of prominent Americans by American artists. 
    Location: Patent Office Building between 8th and F St., N.W.
    Hours: 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM (Closed December 25th) 
    Telephone: (202) 275-1738

    Metro Stop: Gallery Place/Chinatown.

  • The National Museum of African Art

    This museum has the finest American collection of African art as well as American art influenced by African styles. 
    Location: 950 Independence Ave., S.W.

    Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Closed December 25th)

    Telephone: (202) 633-4600

    Metro Stop: Smithsonian.

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture

    A museum that seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. The Museum opened to the public in 2016 as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. There are no congressional tours available for this site. 

    Location: 1400 Constitution Avenue, N.W. 
    Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Closed December 25th)
    Telephone: (202) 633-1000
    Metro Stop: Smithsonian and Federal Triangle
  • Renwick Gallery

    While the American Art Museum's historic building is currently closed for renovations, the gallery will still hold programs and exhibits during construction. See Website for details. This Smithsonian museum emphasizes American crafts and decorative art. Make sure to see the opulent upstairs rooms that were modeled after the Louvre. The gallery is open from 10:00AM – 5:00PM daily.
    Location: 17th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
     
    Telephone: (202) 633-8550

    Metro Stop: Farragut West or Farragut North.

  • The National Gallery of Art

    The main building and I.M. Pei's magnificent East building house the Nation's art treasures and are connected by an underground concourse. The National Gallery encompasses all aspects of the visual arts. 
     
    Location: Constitution Avenue between 3rd and 9th Streets 

    Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Telephone: (202) 737-4215

    Metro Stop: Archives or Judiciary Square.

  • United States National Arboretum

    The Arboretum's beautiful 446-acre campus contains an array of display gardens, collections, and historical monuments set among native stands of eastern deciduous trees. The Arboretum is located 2.2 miles from the Capitol. It is bordered on the west by Bladensburg Road, on the north by New York Avenue, and on the south by M Street. 

    Location: 3501 New York Avenue, NE. Visitor entrances are located on New York Avenue and on R Street.
    Hours: Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except December 25
     
     
    Telephone: (202) 245-2726. 

    Not accessible by metro.

  • National Archives

    Home to the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights, the National Archives houses over 3 billion records. In addition, the building now features the Public Vaults and the National Archive Experience. Admission is free. Congressional tours are available and must be requested at least three months in advance. 
     
    Location: 7th and Constitution Ave, NW 

    Hours: Labor Day through March 31, 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., April 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., closed December 25. 


    Telephone: (202) 357-5000

    Metro Stop: National Archives/Navy Memorial.

  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing

    You'll see millions of dollars being printed during a tour of the BEP. The tour features the various steps of currency production, beginning with large, blank sheets of paper and ending with wallet-ready bills! Tour availability is VERY limited; For assistance in getting tickets, three months advance notice is needed. The Ticket Booth opens at 8:00 a.m., but lines form early and tickets go quickly. 

    Location: 14th and C Street, SW.
    Hours: Ticket booth opens at 8:00 a.m.
    Tel: (202) 874-2330 
    Metro Stop: Smithsonian. 

  • Ford's Theater, The Lincoln Museum, and the House Where Lincoln Died (Petersen House)

    Visit the location where President Lincoln was assassinated. Tours at Ford's Theater are free and self-guided.

    Location: 516 10th Street, NW, between E and F Streets, NW. 
    Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except during matinees and rehearsals
     
    Telephone: (202) 488-0400 

    Metro Stop: Metro Center. 

  • Holocaust Memorial Museum

    No passes are necessary for entering the museum building, the special exhibits, the interactive Wexner Learning Center, and other Museum resources. Timed Passes are necessary for the permanent exhibition- The Holocaust - and can be obtained at the Museum on the day of your visit or in advance by calling www.tickets.com at 800-400-9373. Each day, the Museum distributes on a first-come, first-serve basis a large, but limited number, of timed entry passes for use that same day. Even if you cannot get permanent exhibition passes, feel free to visit and take advantage of the Museum's many other learning opportunities. Allow at least two hours to visit the museum. There are no Congressional tours available for this site. 
     
    Location: The Museum is located near the National Mall, just south of Independence Ave., SW, between 14th Street and Raoul Wallenberg Place 

    Hours: Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except September 16 and December 25
    Telephone: (202) 488-0400

    Metro: Smithsonian

  • The Spy Museum

    Gain access to the world's largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Over 600 pieces are on exhibit, including a collection of G-Man toys from the 1930s and 1940s when interest in G-Men ("G" stands for "Government," in this case FBI agents) was at a high and children searched for worthy role models. There are no Congressional tours available for this site.
     
    Location: Located at 800 F Street, NW - between 8th and 9th Streets.
    Hours: Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (April through October), 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (November through March), except Thanksgiving, December 25, and New Year's Day.
    General Admission Tickets: $18--Adults, $17--Seniors (age 60+) / Military & Intelligence, $15--Children (grades K-12 or ages 5-11), Free--Children under 5.
    Telephone: (202) 393-7798

    Metro Stop: Gallery Place Chinatown 

  • Georgetown

    The oldest section of Washington is home to many stores, restaurants, and attractions such as the Old Stone House, the only remaining pre-Revolutionary War structure remaining in the area. The C&O Canal National Historic Park is located here, and from April to September the National Park Service operates mule-pulled canal boats that depart from between 30th and Thomas Jefferson Streets, 1 block below M Street. 
    Not directly accessible by Metrorail, Georgetown Metro Connection shuttle available at Foggy Bottom, Rosslyn, and Dupont Circle stops. Buses depart every 10 minutes.
    Telephone: (202) 426-6851

  • Arlington National Cemetery

    Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the graves of President John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft, and Former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and Curtis-Lee Mansion. Changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier occurs every hour on the hour and every half hour during the summer months. A narrated bus tour is available for a small fee. 

    Location: Arlington, VA 22211
    Hours: Open daily from 8 AM to 7 PM (April 1- September 30) and 8AM to 5 PM (October 1- March 31).

    Telephone: 1-877-907-8585

    Metro Stop: Arlington Cemetery. 

  • Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

    Located just minutes from downtown Washington, the city of George Washington looks very much the way it did in the latter part of the 18th century; attractions include Old Town's Christ Church. You will also find an assortment of shops and restaurants. 
    Metro Stop: King Street.

  • Jefferson Memorial

    This tribute to the Nation's third President is situated on the south bank of the Tidal Basin. At the Swan Boathouse you can rent a paddle boat for a cruise on the Basin from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 
    Location: 15th St., SW, Tidal Basin, South End


    Hours: daily, 8:00 a.m. to midnight
     
    Telephone: (202) 426-6841

    Metro Stop: Smithsonian (this is a several block walk).

  • History of the Marine Corps War Memorial

    Also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, it is located across the Potomac in Northern Virginia. This statue was erected in memory of the marines who lost their lives in WWII. 
    Hours: daily 8:00 a.m. to midnight. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Telephone: (703) 289-2500

    Metro Stop: Arlington Cemetery.        

  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

    This memorial is part of National Mall and Memorial parks. The memorial is located at the intersection of Independence Ave and West Basin Drive SW in Washington, D.C. Parking is extremely limited near the memorial. The nearest metro stop is Smithsonian. Parking throughout the District of Columbia is restricted generally (see individual area signs for site specific closures/restrictions) from 12:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. to facilitate cleaning and maintenance.

    Washington, D.C. is a very busy metropolitan area. Parking is at a premium throughout the entire city. It is highly recommended that you make use of the efficient public transit system (Metro rail and Metro bus). Information and schedules for Metro can be found at www.wmata.com.  Private paid parking garages and lots can be found downtown north of the National Mall. Free on street parking is generally restricted to two hours (ticketing/towing enforced). Limited free day long parking is available along Ohio Drive SW which is along the Potomac River south of the Lincoln Memorial or in Lots A, B & C south of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

    Location: 1964 Independence Ave. SW

    Hours: daily, 24 hours

    Telephone: (202) 426-6841

    Metro Stop: Smithsonian (10-15 minute walk)

  • Lincoln Memorial

    The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States. It is located on the western end of the National Mall.
    Location: West end of the Mall
    Hours: daily, 8:00 a.m. to midnight 
     
    Telephone: (202) 426-6841

    Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom.

  • World War II Memorial

    The only memorial on the Mall's central axis to commemorate a twentieth century event, the World War II Memorial was unveiled April 29, 2004. It commemorates the 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces and over 400,000 who died while supporting U.S. war efforts. 
    Location: 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, and is flanked by the Washington Monument to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west
    Hours: daily, 24 hours
     
    Telephone: (202) 426-6841

    Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom.

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    This long solemn wall has become one of the nations most cherished and beloved memorials. It bears the names of all those killed or missing in the Vietnam War. 
    Location: Off of Independence Ave. near the Lincoln Memorial
    Hours: daily, 8:00 a.m. to midnight

    Telephone: (202) 426-6841
    Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom.

  • Washington Monument

    This Washington landmark provides a breathtaking view of the city, which is accessed by elevator. It only takes 70 seconds to reach the top! Those desiring to see the view must obtain a ticket. Tickets are limited and run out quickly. Tickets may be purchased in advanced by phone or Internet for a small fee, same day tickets are free. 
    Location: On the Mall at 15th St., N.W.
    Hours: daily, 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., except December 25
     
    Telephone: (202) 426-4676

    Metro Stop: Smithsonian.

  • John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    In commemoration of President Kennedy's devotion to the performing arts, the center opened in 1971 and is home to the National Sympathy Orchestra. Performances appear routinely on stage in the Eisenhower Theatre, including musicals, plays, and ballets. Regular tours are conducted by the Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers, and visitors should go to the Tour Lounge, Parking level A. Tours leave every 15 minutes and last 45 minutes. Visitors can purchase tickets for shows directly from the Kennedy Center. Congressional tours are available.
    Location: On the banks of the Potomac River at the intersection of New Hampshire Ave., N.W., and the Rock Creek Parkway. 
    Hours: daily, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., show times vary 
    Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom, follow signs for free shuttle to center 
    Telephone: (202) 416-8340

  • The National Zoo

    Visit the home of hundreds of animals, birds and reptiles. Be sure to visit the Amazon exhibit, which is a recreation of an actual tropical rain forest. 
    Location: 3001 Connecticut Ave.
    Hours: daily, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., daylight permitting
    Metro Stop: Woodley Park. 
    Telephone: (202) 633-4888

  • Embassy Row

    Some of the most impressive and varied residential architecture can be found along this stately avenue. The official residence of the Vice President of the United States can also be found along this avenue. 
    Location: Massachusetts Avenue, NW from Sheridan Circle north to Wisconsin Avenue.
    Metro: No Metro Stop convenient, take an even numbered 30 bus on Wisconsin Avenue to get there.

  • The U.S. Department of State

    The U.S. Department of State uses the Diplomatic Reception Rooms to host official functions hosted by the Secretary of State and other key government officials. These reception rooms house a vast collection of 18th century American furniture, paintings and decorative arts. Congressional guided tours of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms are offered by reservation only Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 2:45 p.m. Please submit your request for this tour 90 days prior to your visit due to the high volume of requests.

    https://www.state.gov

  • The U.S. Department of the Treasury

    The U.S. Treasury Building offers guided Congressional tours on Saturday mornings ONLY at 9:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:15 a.m.  Please have the names, dates of birth, and social security numbers of all guests when contacting our office to make the reservation.

    https://www.treasury.gov/about/history/pages/tours.aspx

  • 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 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors must be a U.S. Citizen. 

    https://pentagontours.osd.mil/tours/tour-guidlines.jsp

  • The FBI Experience

    This site will re-open after a remodel in July 2017.  You must be a U.S. citizen to attend this tour where famous bank robberies and crime scenes will be highlighted. Visitors will be treated to extensive exhibits including SWAT and HRT equipment and much more. This tour highlights the important partnerships between the federal bureau and city and state organizations. Tours are scheduled at 9:00am; 10:30am; 12:00pm; 1:30pm and 3:00pm. Each Congressional tour lasts 90 minutes and are conducted MONDAY – FRIDAY only. 

    https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/fbi-headquarters/the-fbi-experience