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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Washington D.C. Tour Information

Below, please find tour information for several attractions in the Washington, D.C. area.  The name of the attraction is also a link to find additional information, including information on how to plan for and arrange your visit.

Please be advised, some sites require a congressional office to book a tour (these sites are noted by an asterisk). If that is the case, please fill out the online form on the Tour and Tickets page, which you will find under the Services tab on the top right or by clicking here.

 

The White House:*

The White House is the official residence and work place of the President of the United States of America.

You must request a tour of the White House through your congressional representative’s office.  White House tour requests are accepted up to six months in advance, but must be received at least 21 days prior to your selected dates. The tour is self-guided, however Secret Service agents are willing to answer questions you may have.  The tour typically lasts 30 minutes.

Hours: You MUST have a reservation that will include a time to enter the White House, however visitors without reservations may view the White House from the security fences.

Closest Metro: Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange Lines), Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange & Silver Lines) and McPherson Square (Blue/Orange Lines). 

Please Note: The White House is closed for renovations from August 7th through the first week of September 2015.

 

The U.S. Capitol:

The U.S. Capitol Building is the home of the Legislative Branch of the U.S. Government.

You can book a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building by following the hyperlink above.  If the date and time your group would like to tour is unavailable, please contact our office.  If you would like our office to lead the tour instead of a representative of the Capitol Visitor Center, please email our office. Our office also has House gallery passes which allow your group to view the House floor when it is in session. You will need to contact our office to set up a time to pick up the passes in advance of your trip. Depending on the day, most tours last approximately 90 minutes.

Hours: Tours run from 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Closest Metro: Capitol South (Blue/Orange/Silver Lines).

Please Note: The Rotunda will be undergoing maintenance from July 25th through September 8th. The Capitol Visitor Center has advised our office that tours will continue, however a different route will be used. 

 

The Library of Congress:

The Library of Congress is home to one of the largest collections of books, reference materials, historical documents and various other forms of media in the world.

The Library of Congress offers guided tours of the Jefferson Building Monday through Saturday. The tours start in the Visitors’ Center in the Jefferson Building. The tour lasts roughly one hour.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closest Metro: Capitol South (Blue/Orange/Silver Lines).

 

The Supreme Court:

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States.

The Supreme Court does not have guided tours, however visitors are encouraged to visit the building and attend various educational programs and courtroom lectures. Visitors are also able to sit in on active courtroom hearings; however the gallery fills up quickly.  If you are interested in viewing a session, plan on arriving early because you will likely have to wait.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except federal holidays).

Closest Metro: Capitol South (Blue/Orange/Silver Lines).

 

Bureau of Engraving and Printing:

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), part of the U.S. Department of Treasury, is responsible for printing U.S. currency.

If you are interested in touring the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, please contact our office.  BEP does offer tickets in the morning on a first-come, first-serve basis; however they are only available until supply runs out.  We recommend arriving at 8:00 a.m. when the ticket booth opens.  Tours typically last 30 minutes.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hours are extended April-August, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Closest Metro: Smithsonian (Blue/Orange Lines).

Please Note: The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is currently reserved through the middle of August. The BEP does not accommodate many tour requests, so if it is high on your list of destinations, please consider arriving at the ticket booth around 7:30 a.m., or earlier, to guarantee tickets.

 

The National Archives:

The National Archives is home to the original copies of the Bill of Rights, Constitution, and Declaration of Independence.

In the National Archives’ Rotunda, you can view three of the most important documents in U.S. history.  The museum also has several exhibit areas that include a plethora of original documents dating back to all eras of U.S. history.  The museum is open to the public and you do not need reservations, however you can book a tour through their website.

Hours: Open seven days a week, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closest Metro: Archives/ Navy Memorial (Green/Yellow Lines).

 

Washington Monument:

Take in a breathtaking view of the Washington, D.C. skyline from the top of the Washington Monument.

Located in the middle of the National Mall (at 15th Street), the Washington Monument is open to the public.  Tickets are required; to order, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-551-7328 or follow the link to the National Park Service website.  You can also walk up to the Ticket Booth on the west side of 15th Street, NW to get same day passes.

Hours: Open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to  5:00 p.m.

Closest Metro: Smithsonian (Blue/Orange Lines).

 

FBI Headquarters:*

Due to security concerns, the FBI Education center was created to allow for tours of the FBI.

The FBI Education Center allows visitors to learn more about the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is headquartered in the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Downtown Washington, D.C.  In order to obtain tickets, you must contact your congressional representative’s office at least 3-4 weeks in advance.  The tour lasts approximately two hours and the FBI advises that all visitors be 17 or older.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closest Metro: Metro Center (Red/Blue/Orange/Silver Lines).

Please Note: The FBI has informed our office that they are not accepting additional tour requests until Labor Day.  We will keep our constituents posted as we get more information.

 

If you require additional assistance scheduling a tour or have any questions, please contact Zach Weber at Zach.Weber@mail.house.gov or 202-225-5802.