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Washington DC Tourism Information

Bureau of Printing and Engraving Space is given on a first-come, first-serve basis with the line forming at the Visitors Entrance on 14th Street.

*Non-Peak Season Hours: (September – February) Tours run every 15 minutes from 9 to 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. with advance reservations held for large groups between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

*Peak Season Hours: (March–August) Free tickets required-Free, same-day tickets are distributed at 8 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis at the ticket booth on Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th Street). The booth will remain open until all tickets for the day have been distributed. Lines form early and tickets go quickly, usually by 9 a.m.

Ford’s Theater The site is open for visits beginning at 9 a.m. daily and final entry into the museum is at 4 p.m. Final entry into the theater is at 4:30 p.m. Advance individual tickets are $2.50. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are $1.25 ($2.00 as of Sept. 1, 2011). A limited number of free tickets are available at the Ford’s Theater Box Office beginning at 8:30 a.m. for same-day tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals are limited to six tickets per person for same-day tickets.

The Kennedy Center  The Kennedy center has tours that go out every 10 minutes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends. Groups of 20 to 60 people may reserve a group tour through the Kennedy Center website.

Library of Congress  The Library of Congress offers hour-long docent-led public tours of the historic Thomas Jefferson Building. Tours are conducted Monday through Saturday at the following times, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.*

*No 3:30 p.m. tour on Saturdays and first tour is at 9:30 a.m. on Federal Holidays

*No advance reservations or tickets available for these public tours

The Pentagon  Tours can be scheduled by your party through the Pentagon’s website between 7 and 90 days in advance of your visit.

Smithsonian Museums The Smithsonian Museums are free and open every day of the year except Christmas. Specific museum information can be found at their website.    

Supreme Court The Supreme Court does not offer guided walking tours. Visitors are encouraged to tour the building on their own.  Mock courtroom lectures are available Monday through Friday on days that the Court is not in session. Lectures are generally scheduled every-hour on the half-hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a final lecture at 3:30 p.m. It is suggested that visitors be in line 15 minutes before the lecture is scheduled to begin.

White House Our office will gladly submit a tour request to the White House for your group. In order to do this we will need some basic information, including the number of people in your party, a point-of-contact email address, and the dates you will be visiting. Our office will then send you a secure link where you may submit some information about your party directly to the White House. They will require the full names, birth dates,  current cities and states-of-residence, and citizenship status of everyone in your party and the social security numbers of anyone over the age of 18. You will have seven days after the initial request is made to submit this information.

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