Visiting Washington D.C.

Capitol

When planning your trip to visit Washington, D.C., my office is happy to help Washington State Constituents arrange tour tickets to various sites.

Our office can arrange tickets to:

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The U.S. Capitol: 

The United States Capitol Visitor’s Center is open 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Saturday with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Inauguration Day. Senator Murray’s office offers staff-led tours three times daily Monday-Friday. My office schedules tours with the Capitol Visitor Center Tour Guides for groups requesting a tour on a Saturday or for groups of 15 or more. The Capitol tour lasts about one hour.

You may also book a free public tour of the U.S. Capitol online through the Capitol Visitor Center website if you prefer to not go through a Congressional office.

The White House:

White House Tours are available from 7:30am-11:30am Tuesday through Thursday and 7:30am-1:30pm Friday and Saturdays and can only be reserved through Congressional offices. Tours typically last about one hour and White House tour requests must be submitted at least three months in advance of your visit. Due to the high volume of requests White House tours are never guaranteed, therefore we require you to submit your tour request at least three months in advance.

The White House will reach out to you for additional security clearance information before confirming your tour. If the required information is not sent back within seven days The White House will cancel your tour request. Additionally, the tour date and time is assigned by The White House Tour Coordinator, cannot be changed once the request is submitted, and tours will typically not be scheduled until approximately two weeks prior to requested dates.

The Supreme Court:

Congressional tours of the Supreme Court are offered at 12:30pm Monday-Friday. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. For information on public self-guided tours please refer to the Supreme Court website.

The Library of Congress:

Congressional tours of the Library of Congress are offered Monday through Friday at 9:45am, 11:45am, and 1:45pm. Each tour takes approximately 30-45 minutes. For information on public tours of the Library of Congress please visit the Library of Congress website.

The Bureau of Printing and Engraving:

Congressional Tours of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing are offered Monday through Friday at 8:15am and 8:45am all year, with additional tours from 4:00pm through 4:45pm (every 15 minutes) during the March through August tour season. Tours take approximately one hour and due to the high volume of requests we recommend you submit your request at least 4-5 months in advance. Any party larger than 15 or more must be booked one year in advance. Public tours are available, but due to the high volume of requests we recommend going through a Congressional office. For more information please refer to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing website.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:

Congressional Tours of the Kennedy Center through my officer are offered at 4:30pm Monday-Friday. For information on a public tour please refer the Kennedy Center website.

 

TOUR REQUEST FORM

Please note that tours are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and many sites are booked three to four months in advance. Tours are not guaranteed, but submitting your completed registration form more than three months in advance may increase your chances of booking busy sites. Please note that we cannot book tours more than six months in advance.

To schedule a tour, please fill out our online request form. Please call my office at (202) 224-2621 if you have any further questions. Once you have submitted your form you will receive a follow up email from my tour coordinator.

To join me for coffee: If you will be in Washington D.C., on a Wednesday morning when the Senate is in session, you are welcome to join me for coffee in my office. Please RSVP by emailing my office in Washington D.C. at coffee@murray.senate.gov.

TOUR REQUEST FORM

Public Tour Information:

There are many sites and attractions throughout D.C. that do not require tickets in advance or release day-of tickets. Day-of tickets or timed entry passes required for various museums and galleries are available online.

National Museum of African American History and Culture: Timed Entry Passes

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Permanent Exhibition Tickets

Hirshhorn and Sculpture Gardens: Public Tour Information

Smithsonian Institution and Affiliate Museums:

  • African Art Museum
  • Air and Space Museum
  • Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
  • American Art Museum
  • American History Museum
  • American Indian Museum
  • American Indian Museum Heye Center
  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • Archives of American Art
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Cooper Hewitt
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • National Zoo
  • Natural History Museum
  • Portrait Gallery
  • Postal Museum
  • Renwick Gallery
  • S.Dillion Ripley
  • Sackler Gallery
  • Smithsonian Castle
  • Smithsonian Gardens

 

For more information please refer to the Smithsonian website.

 

 

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