Visit Washington, D.C.
Senator Harris is pleased to help you and your family make the most of your trip to our nation’s capital. We can reserve tours of the White House, Library of Congress, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and United States Capitol on your behalf. Please see below for information about each tour and fill out the tour request form. We accept tour requests between three weeks and six months in advance. Tours fill up quickly and are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend submitting your request as early as possible.
As always, please contact Senator Harris’ Washington, DC office at (202) 224-3553 with any questions. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Washington, D.C.!
At this time, the White House is not accepting tour requests due to the change in Presidential administrations. The new administration will determine the availability of public tours and a timeline for accepting requests. We will update our website with additional information as soon as it is available.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress offers docent led tours of the Thomas Jefferson building. Reserved tours are available Monday through Friday and last approximately one hour. You will learn about the building’s art and architecture and have the opportunity to view the Main Reading Room. Additional information is available on the Library of Congress website.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing tour offers you an opportunity to learn about the production process of United States paper currency. The 40-minute tour, available Monday through Friday, includes an introductory film and a gallery tour of the production process. Additional information is available on the Bureau of Engraving and Printing website.
United States Capitol
The Capitol Visitor Center offers the public an opportunity to learn about one of the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. Tours of the Capitol, available Monday through Saturday, last approximately 45 minutes and include and introductory film and stops in the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall. Additional information is available on the Capitol Visitor Center website.
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Other Attractions in Washington, DC
Many of the attractions that Washington, DC has to offer can be experienced without prior reservations. Most of these options are open to the public and free of charge.
- Arlington National Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery is open to the public at 8 a.m. 365 days a year. From April 1 to September 30, the cemetery closes at 7 p.m.; the other six months it closes at 5 p.m. The cemetery is located in Arlington, VA, walking distance from the Lincoln Memorial.
- Supreme Court: The United States Supreme Court is open to the public Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Although the Court does not offer guided walking tours, visitors are encouraged to tour the building on their own. For more information, visit the Supreme Court website.
- Pentagon: This massive building is the headquarters of the Department of Defense and serves 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. To book a tour of the Pentagon go to the Pentagon’s tour website.
- Kennedy Center: The Kennedy Center offers walk in tours every 10 minutes throughout the day. Stop by the Tour Desk and a tour guide will be waiting to help you embark on your tour. Group tours are also available at the Kennedy Center. These tours are for groups of 20 to 60 people and run every half hour until 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 p.m. weekends. To book your group tour of the Kennedy Center please visit the group tour website.
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Tours of the Holocaust Memorial Museum are self-guided and require passes for admission March through August. Passes are distributed on a first-come first-served basis on the day of your visit and have specific assigned tour time. Please note that some exhibits are not recommend for children under the age of eleven. Groups of 40 or more people need to schedule their tour visit at the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website.
- National Cathedral: The National Cathedral offers both guided and self-guided tours seven days a week. Audio tour rentals are also available. For more information, please visit the Washington National Cathedral website.
- Smithsonian Institution: The Smithsonian Institution, comprised of 19 museums and a zoo, is the largest museum complex in the world. Smithsonian museums are free of charge and open all year round. For hours and locations, please visit the Smithsonian visitor’s website. Museums include:
- Anacostia Community Museum
- African Art Museaum
- African American Museum
- Air and Space Museum
- American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery
- American History Museum
- American Indian Museum
- Freer Gallery
- Sackler Gallery
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
- Natural History Museum
- National Zoo
- Postal Museum
- Renwick Gallery
- Ripley Center
- Ripley International Gallery