The United States Capitol building situated in Washington DC is the home of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the Federal Government of the US. It sits at the top of Capitol Hill at the eastern end of Washington DC’s National Mall.
The building was originally completed in 1800, seven years after the build started. It has since been renovated and expanded multiple times. With different wings and chambers added to handle different sections of the US government. The US Capitol’s dome was also an addition to the original buildings. The building was originally designed by architect William Thornton to a Neo-Classical style, the building is recognisable by its white exterior.
The US Capitol Building is accessible by public transport with the subway system running close by stopping at ‘Union’ and ‘Capitol Stations’ which are within walking distance.
Opening Times and Admission
The Capitol Building has a visitor centre on the eastern side, it is open to the public and you are allowed into the exhibitions free of charge. Tours of the building are available at a cost and places on the tours are to be reserved beforehand. The Building operates at a very high-security level due to the importance of those who frequent the building, so it is suggested to read the security measures beforehand. The Visitor Centre has a restaurant and shops for mementoes.