Visiting D.C.

In light of the ongoing public health situation and security concerns, our office is currently unable to schedule or accept tour reservations for the U.S. Capitol and the White House. In addition, several federal buildings, including the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, FBI, and Pentagon, have suspended their public tours. We are, however, delighted to invite you to visit D.C.’s many open monuments, museums, and memorials. If you have any questions, please reach out to tours_padilla@padilla.senate.gov and we will be glad to assist you.

Museums

The Smithsonian museums are gradually reopening. Several of the most popular museums have already reopened to the public, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, The National Portrait Gallery, and the National Museum of American History. Free, timed-entry passes are available online or via phone at (919) 439-8190. Passes can be reserved up to 30 days in advance for a maximum of six visitors.

The National Gallery of Art’s West Building has also reopened. Free, timed-entry passes are available online or via phone at (202) 842-6997. Passes are released each Monday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week.

The United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum has reopened and timed tickets are available on their website.

Washington, D.C., is also home to several other museums that have recently reopened, including the National Building Museum, the National Museum of Women in the ArtsThe Phillips Collection, and the Spy Museum. Tickets for these museums are available online for a fee.

Outdoor Activities

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Washington, D.C., is known for its monuments and memorials, many of which are located on the National Mall. The National Park Service has welcomed several new memorials over the past year, including the Eisenhower Memorial, the World War I Memorial, and the National Native American Veterans Memorial.

Beyond the Mall, the DMV region is also home to several other outdoor attractions worth exploring, including the U.S. National ArboretumTheodore Roosevelt Island, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Virtual Opportunities

Washington D.C., also hosts a number of virtual tours and events in light of health and public safety concerns. The National Air and Space MuseumNational Portrait GalleryNational Museum of African American History and CultureKennedy Center, and many more museums and attractions offer virtual programs to augment your trip to D.C. or prepare you for your future visit!

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Travel and Accessibility Resources

Please reference the following links for access to the Washington, D.C., Visitor’s Resource Center and further resources that can address any travel or accessibility concerns you might have.