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Government Buildings of Interest

Government buildings of interest.

The White House
The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

The home of the president attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.  The tour includes such celebrated rooms as the East Room, the Senate Dining Room, the Red, Green, and Blue Rooms, and the President’s Library.

Because of the popularity of the tour during the busy summer months (Memorial Day through Labor Day), tickets are required.  They may be obtained free of charge from your senator (limited quantities) or at ticket booths at the White House East Gate on East Executive Avenue.  Tickets are obtained on a first-come, first served basis.


Old Executive Office Building

17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

This Victorian building, originally constructed to house the State, War, and Navy departments, is an excellent example of the architectural and decorative taste of the late 1800s.  It also provides a glimpse into the government of the 19th century.

US Treasury Department
Treasury Building

15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

The Treasury Building houses the office of the secretary of the treasury.  Designed in Greek Revival style, it is an example of the construction technology and decoration of the 19th century.
Guided tours are conducted on Saturday mornings and run about 60 minutes.  Advance reservations are required and can be made through your Congressional offices.

Tour highlights are the Salmon Chase Suite, featuring allegorical ceiling murals and stenciled walls, the Andrew Johnson Suite, temporary site of President Andrew Johnson's Executive Office following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the newly restored West dome and lobby, and the marble Cash Room.


Department of State
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Department of State

2201 C Street, NW

This headquarters of American foreign policy features displays of fine 18th-century furniture and an Americana collection in the diplomatic reception rooms.  Public tours are available by reservation only.  


Department of Defense -- The Pentagon
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Department of Defense

The Pentagon, off Route I-395, Arlington, VA

The Pentagon is the world’s largest office building and the command center for our nation’s defense.

Tours closed  to the general public.  


Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Bureau of Investigation

9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

One of the most interesting tourist attractions in Washington, the hour-long FBI tour, includes a review of famous crime cases, a crime lab investigation and a visit to the indoor firing range.  


Voice of America
Voice of America

330 Independence Avenue, SW

The Voice of America is a U.S. government radio network which broadcasts in over 44 languages around the world and is located at the VOA headquarters in the north building of the Department of Health and Human Services.  


National Archives
The National Archives

8th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

The National Archives is the repository for legislative documents and historical records of Congress, as well as the entire federal government.  

See the original Constitution and The Charters of Freedom, as well as the Declaration of Independence and other famous documents.  Find your “roots” in the extensive genealogical and census files.


Bureau of Engraving and Printing
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Bureau of Engraving and Printing

14th and C Streets, SW

Over 70 billion dollars in cash is produced in this building every year.  Tours of the Bureau leave regularly and make this a favorite tourist stop.


United States Government Printing Office
Government Printing Office

North Capitol Street, between G and H Streets, NW

Congressional, executive, and judicial branch documents are printed by the Government Printing Office and made available to the general public through the Depository Library Program, the internet and through sales.



The Smithsonian Institution provides visitors to Washington with culture, history, and heritage with museums, events, and festivals.  Visit their Web site for more information.  (this will take you outside senate.gov)

The D.C. Heritage Tourism Coaltion is dedicated to showcasing the cultural attractions and special events in Washington to visitors from across the globe.  Go to their site for more information (this will take you outside www.senate.gov).

Washington.org is the perfect site for visitors new to Washington, D.C.  Check out their site! (this will take you outside senate.gov)

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