The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.
Tours of the Capitol are available Monday - Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. There are two ways to take a tour of the Capitol:
- Senator Coons' office offers staff-led tours of the Capitol on weekdays for constituents. Please call our office to request a tour.
- The Capitol Visitors Center also offers public tours every 10 minutes throughout the day. These tours can be booked directly through the Capitol Visitors Center.
The best way to enter the Capitol is through the Capitol Visitors Center, located on First Street, NE, across from the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. Always arrive 20 to 30 minutes before your scheduled tour, because security lines can be long. Taking the metro? The closest metro stations are Capitol South on the Orange and Blue Lines, or Union Station on the Red Line. Click here for more information about getting to the Capitol Visitors Center.