UPDATED TOURS INFORMATION IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS
In consultation with the Office of Attending Physician and following the guidance of DC Health, the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms have ordered limited access throughout the Capitol complex. This temporary action is being taken given ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus concerns.
The following outlines the temporary limitations:
Capitol Visitor Center
The Capitol Visitor Center will be closed to all tours, including Member and staff led tours.
The Capitol will remain open to Members, Congressional staff and credentialed press. Official business visitors to the Senate wing of the Capitol must be met by Senate staff at the North Door Appointment Desk and escorted to their destination. Visitors must be escorted by staff at all times. Staff may only escort a maximum of 15 visitors at a time.
The Capitol will be closed to all tours, including Member and staff led tours.
Senate Office Buildings
The Senate Office Buildings will remain open to Members, Congressional staff and credentialed press. Official business visitors to the Senate must be met by Senate staff at an entrance and escorted to their destination. Visitors must be escorted by staff at all times. Staff may only escort a maximum of 15 visitors at a time.
The White House Visitors Office has temporarily suspended all tours effective Friday, January 15, 2021. The Biden Administration will determine when public tours will resume, and Senator Kaine’s website will be updated accordingly.
Other Popular Attractions in and around Washington, D.C.
The following attractions do not require you to request tours through my office:
Located in Arlington, Virginia, the Pentagon serves as the headquarters of the Department of Defense and is one of the world’s largest office buildings. Sixty-minute tours take visitors along a one and a half mile route through the building where visitors will learn about the mission of the Department of Defense, each of its service branches, and significant moments in military history. Learn more about visiting the Pentagon here.
Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Tours of the Bureau of Printing and Engraving allow visitors to learn about U.S. paper currency and get a firsthand look at the money production process. Learn more about visiting the Bureau of Printing and Engraving here.
While the Supreme Court does not offer guided tours, visitors are encouraged to tour the building on their own and take advantage of a visitors’ film, exhibitions and Courtroom Lectures- 30-minute programs that introduce visitors to the judicial functions of the Supreme Court. Visitors are also welcome to attend court sessions, which are open to the public on a first-come first-serve basis. Learn more about visiting the Supreme Court here.