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Capitol Hill

Items of interest on Capitol Hill.

United States Capitol West Front
credit: Senate Photography Studio
The United States Capitol

Between Constitution and Independence Avenues

Due to the construction of the Capitol Visitors Center, all tour operations will move to the west front of the United States Capitol.  The Congressional Special Services Office provides accessible tours of the Capitol to visitors with disabilities.

Gallery admittance passes are available through the offices of your home state senators and representatives.  International visitors may obtain special passes to the Capitol building at the east front screening facility.


Russell Senate Office Building
credit: Senate Photography Studio
Senate Office Buildings

The Richard Russell, Everett Dirksen, and Philip Hart Senate office buildings are located on Constitution Avenue on the north side of the Capitol.  These buildings house the offices of many of the 100 senators, 16 standing committees, 4 select committees, and 4 joint committees of the Senate.

  Committee schedules are published daily online.  These buildings are open to the public.

Rayburn House Office Building
credit: Senate Photography Studio
House Office Buildings

The Nicholas Longworth, Joseph Cannon, and Sam Rayburn House office buildings are located on Independence Avenue on the south side of the Capitol grounds.  They also house the offices of almost all 435 congressmen, 19 standing committees, 2 select committees, and 4 joint committees and one permanent select committee.


Library of Congress
The Library Of Congress

First Street and Independence Avenue, SE

“America’s Library” contains more than 75 million volumes and is a world-renowned research center for scholars.  Special exhibitions - including a permanent display of the Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed with movable type - make the Library a favorite tourist attraction.  


United States Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court

First and East Capitol Streets, NE

“Equal Justice Under Law” is the promise on the portals of the Supreme Court building.  Court sessions begin the first Monday in October and continue two weeks per month through April.  Courtroom seats are available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis when the Court is in session.  Twenty-minute courtroom lectures are available every hour on the half-hour when the court is not in session.  Group tours are available and must be made in advance.


United States Botanic Garden
credit: Senate Photography Studio
United States Botanic Garden

First Street and Maryland Avenue , SW

Located at the base of Capitol Hill, the conservatory features more than 8,000 varieties of exotic flowers, fruits, and plants.



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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