Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama
 

Visiting D.C.

Are you planning a visit to Washington, DC? While you are in Washington, DC, I encourage you and your family to stop by my office. Whether you're coming on a short business trip, or an extended family vacation, my office can help you make arrangements for some of the more popular Federal attractions in our Nation's Capital.

UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tours of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Supreme Court building, the Pentagon, and FBI Headquarters are currently closed until further notice.

 

United States Capitol Tours

We are pleased to announce that Phase 2 of the resumption of Capitol tours will begin on Monday, May 30, 2022. Phase 2 features an extension of reserved tour times and the reopening of the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) for tour access. The decision to move into Phase 2 was made in coordination with the Capitol Police Board, the Attending Physician, Visitor Services, and the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP). Phased reopening will continue while the USCP recruit and train additional officers. Please be aware of the following important information.

Beginning Monday, May 30, guide-led and staff-led tours will be available for an additional two hours, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Please note that reservations may be made up to three months in advance. Email Frank.McLaughlin@mail.house.gov to shedule your tour.

  • Public access to tour reservations: Beginning Wednesday, May 25, the public may reserve tours directly through the public CVC public website: https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/
  • Group size limitations remain the same as in Phase 1: Group tours may have a maximum of 50 guests. Staff-led tours may have a maximum of 15 guests.
  • Tour groups will no longer enter via the Longworth House Office Building: Beginning Monday, May 30, tour groups are directed to enter via the main entrance of the CVC and proceed to Emancipation Hall to check in.
  • Arrival: Groups should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their reservation time.

CVC

  • Beginning Monday, May 30, the CVC gift shops, and the CVC Capitol Cafeteria will reopen to tour guests. Please visit the CVC website for more information: https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/

Dome Tours

  • Dome tours remain unchanged in Phase 2: Dome tours may be scheduled for a maximum of eight individuals, including the Member. Members must personally accompany their Dome tour guests.
  • Dome tour reservations are available 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

 

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is now open to visitors. Visitors will need to request a Free Timed-Entry Pass for every member of the group, and groups can be no larger than 10. Passes may be reserved up to 30 days in advance. Masks are optional but recommended for visitors.

More information and where to reserve passes can be found at https://www.loc.gov/visit/know-before-you-go/

Metro Stop: Two blocks from the Capitol South Station.

 

National Mall and Memorial Parks

The sprawling lands of the National Mall & Memorial Parks make “America’s Front Yard” a must-see on any visit to Washington, D.C. Home to some of the nation’s most iconic memorials and museums, they help tell the story of the people and events that shaped America.

As part of the National Parks System, Park Rangers are available from 8:00 AM to midnight every day except Christmas day. Rangers are available to help answer questions and present interpretive themes.

There is no fee to visit any of the monuments or memorials in the park. Some of the most popular memorials include:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Washington Monument 

World War II Memorial

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial

900 Ohio Drive, S.W., near the Jefferson Memorial and the Potomac River.  

Metro stop:  Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall.

Jefferson Memorial

16 E Basin Drive SW, Washington, DC 20242. South bank of the Tidal Basin.

Metro: Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

900 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20024.

A bookstore in the nearby Lincoln Memorial sells informational items relating to both the memorial and the Korean War.

Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom or the Smithsonian Metro stop which comes out on the National Mall.

Lincoln Memorial

2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW, Washington, DC 20002

West Potomac Park at the foot of 23rd Street, NW.

Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom or the Smithsonian Metro stop which comes out on the National Mall.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

5 Henry Bacon Drive NW, Washington, DC 20002

Metro Stop:  Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall.

Washington Monument

2 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20024

Tickets required to ride elevator to observation deck.  Tickets must be reserved in advance for a small fee; there are no walk-up or “day-of visit” tickets available at this time. For more information regarding Washington Monument tickets, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/wamo/planyourvisit/fees.htm

Metro stop: Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall.

World War II Memorial

1750 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Metro stop: Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall.

National Mall and Memorial Parks Phone Number: 202-426-6841

 

Smithsonian Museums

The Smithsonian Institute is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex. Many of their museums are along the National Mall. For all Washington, D.C. museums, admission is free and tickets are not required with the exception of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Each museum has their own hours of operation, so please verify with the individual museum before planning your visit.

More information can be found here: https://www.si.edu/visit/hours

Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian

 

The White House

The White House will resume public tours on April 15, 2022. Tours are available from 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Requests for tours must be submitted through a Member of Congress. Requests must be submitted a minimum of 21 days in advance and no more than 90 days in advance of the requested dates. Please reach out to our office about setting up a White House Tour. Our office can be reached at 202-225-2665.

For more information on White House Tours, please visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/visit/

Metro: McPherson Square

 

Other Museums and Points of Interest:

National Archives

701 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20408

Entry to the National Archives is free. Reservations are not required for individuals or groups wishing to enter the National Archives Museum through the General Public Entrance, but reservations are strongly suggested between March and Labor Day to avoid potentially long lines outside. A nonrefundable $1.00 advance reservation convenience fee will be charged for each reserved ticket. Changes are allowed on a ticket order at no additional charge. If you cancel, reservation fees are nonrefundable. Same-day reservations are permitted.

Metro: Archives-Navy

National Building Museum

National Building Museum is open from Friday – Monday, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. All visitors over 2 years of age are required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Advance tickets are recommended but not required. You can purchase tickets in advance or purchased at the Visitor Center.

More information can be found here: https://www.nbm.org/visit/#hours. 

401 F Street, NW, between 4th and 5th streets. Wheelchair access at 4th and G streets.

Telephone: 202-272-2448.

Metro Stop: Judiciary Square

The Corcoran Gallery of Art Museum

17th Street and New York Avenue, NW - one block west and south of the White House. The main entrance is on 17th Street. Special needs access is at 1701 E Street, around the corner from the 17th Street entrance.

Phone:202-639-1700

Metro Stop: Four blocks from the Farragut West station or Farragut North station

Department of the Interior Museum

The Interior Museum is currently closed due to COVID-19.

Ford's Theatre & Lincoln Museum

Ford’s Theatre & Lincoln Museum is currently open and requires Timed-Entry Passes.

The Peterson House and Aftermath Exhibits remain closed.

More information and where to reserve tickets can be found here: https://www.fords.org/visit/historic-site/. 

511 10th Street, NW - 10th Street Between E & F Streets.

Telephone: 202-426-6924

Metro Stop: Metro Center                                                                                                       

National Museum of American Jewish Military History

 1811 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Telephone: 202-265-6280

Metro: Take Metro's Red Line to Dupont Circle. Leave through the Q Street exit. Walk one block north on Connecticut Avenue to R Street. Turn right and walk east two blocks to 18th Street.

Navy Memorial Visitors Center

701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 123, Washington, D.C, 20004

Telephone: 202-737-2300

Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial

Phillips Collection

UPDATE: The Phillips Collection is currently open from Tuesday – Sunday and requires you to reserve timed tickets beforehand. More information can be found here: https://www.phillipscollection.org/. 

1600 21st Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20009

Telephone: 202-387-2151

Metro Stop: DuPont Circle

Textile Museum

The Textile Museum is located on The George Washington University’s Campus and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

701 21st Street NW, Washington, DC, 20052

Telephone: 202-994-5200

Metro: Foggy Bottom

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The museum is currently open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free timed-entry tickets are required to enter. More information can be found here: https://www.ushmm.org/information/visit-the-museum/admission-tickets

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC, 20024

Telephone: 202-488-0400

Metro: Smithsonian

Voices of America Center

Voice of America is currently closed due to COVID-19.

330 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20237.

The Voice of America Studio Tour is a behind-the-scenes look at live broadcasting in radio, television, and the Internet in several of the 44 languages used by the VOA. Tours are free to the public, guided with audio and video features, and last 45 minutes. Reservations are recommended but not required. Tours are offered at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Voice of America is located at 330 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, D.C. 20237 off of the Federal Center S.W. Metro stop on the Blue and Orange Lines. 

Phone: 202-203-4990

Metro: Federal Center SW