Several tours and public attractions in Washington D.C. have been impacted by COVID-19.
If you are planning to visit Washington, D.C., please use this page to stay up to date on the operating status of tours and public attractions. The following locations have announced changes in operating status and tours (please click on the attraction you wish to visit for further updates):
United States Capitol and House and Senate Office Buildings: All Buildings closed to the public and tours canceled until further notice. However, you can visit my COVID-19 Information page for more on the U.S. Capitol, including resources for teachers, activities for children and virtual tours.
White House Tours: White House tours are currently suspended until further notice.
Library of Congress: Thomas Jefferson Building reopening Thursday, July 15.
FBI Building: Building closed to the public and all tours suspended until further notice.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing: Building closed to the public and all tours suspended until further notice.
Department of State: Building closed to the public and all tours suspended until further notice.
Pentagon: Tours are available Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to p.m. and Friday from noon to 4 p.m., and normally last approximately 60 minutes. The program does not operate on federal holidays and weekends. Reservations may be booked from 14 to 90 days in advance.
Smithsonian Museums:The Smithsonian Gardens and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Trails are currently open. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is open with a free timed entry pass. The National Museum of African American History, National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of American History and Culture, National Portrait Gallery, and Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery are open with a timed entry pass.
National Zoo: The National Zoo is currently open to the public with a timed entry pass.
Holocaust Museum: Open to the public with a free timed entry pass.
National Archives: Building closed to the public and all tours suspended until further notice.
John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts: Tours are suspended until further notice but visitors are allowed to view the Grand Foyer and the President Kennedy memorial Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., no reservation required.
Arlington National Cemetery: Tomb of unknown soldier and President John F. Kennedy’s Gravesite now fully open. Exhibits in Memorial Amphitheater and Welcome center are also open. Both are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Museum of the Bible: Open Monday - Thursday and operating under reduced capacity and staggered entry.
International Spy Museum: Open daily from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Advance tickets are required, and guests must abide by social distancing guidelines and mask requirements.
National Arboretum: The U.S. National Arboretum is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day of the year except for Christmas Day. Admission is free and no tickets are needed.
U.S. Supreme Court: Building closed to the public until further notice.
Ford’s Theatre: Open Wednesday - Sunday to the public with advance tickets.
National Law Enforcement Museum: Tours reopening on August 27, 2021.
U.S. Treasury Building: Tours are available on Saturdays at 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Must be scheduled in advance.
National Gallery of Art: The West Building is open and taking visitors with reservations for timed passes. The Sculpture Garden is open daily from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
National Museum of Women in the Arts: Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens: Open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
ARTECHOUSE : Open daily from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Purchase tickets online prior to your visit.
The Phillips Collection : Now open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., but must reserve tickets in advance.
Washington National Cathedral: Closed to the public until further notice.
National Geographic Museum: Closed to the public and all NG Live events will be canceled until further notice.
National Building Museum: Open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center: Open for limited events.
Entertainment and Sports Arena: Open for events with the purchase of tickets.
RFK Stadium: Open for events with the purchase of tickets.
DC Armory: Open for events with the purchase of tickets.
Skate Park at RFK Campus: The Skate Park at RFK Campus has reopened. Book an event online.
Festival Grounds at RFK Campus: Open to the public for events.
Gateway DC : Open to the public for events.
National Children's Museum: Closed to the public until further notice.
Capital One Arena: Open for events with the purchase of tickets.
Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument: Closed to the public until further notice.
Old Post Office Tower: Closed to the public until further notice.
Lincoln's Cottage: Open to the public daily. No tickets required.
Anderson House: Closed to the public until further notice.
DAR Museum: Closed to the public until further notice.
George Washington's Mount Vernon: OPEN from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Non-members should buy tickets online in advance. Guests and staff are required to wear face coverings and must social distance.
Mansion on O Street: Open for tours with advanced online reservations 11:00 am – 3:00 p.m.
Tudor Place: Open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Free admission.
Glenstone: Glenstone Museum is open for visits to the Gallery building, grounds, and outdoor dining at the Patio in a limited capacity on visitor days on Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Arrival Hall will be open in a limited capacity for access to restrooms and a water bottle refill station, as well as the Bookstore. Scheduled visits are required, and admission is free. Glenstone Museum will reopen the Pavilions on July 23 at limited capacity.
U.S. Botanic Garden: All outdoor gardens are currently open. The Conservatory and public restrooms remain closed, due to the closure of the U.S. Capitol campus.
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Museum: The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Museum has reopened on Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Museum will be open for reserved tours by appointment only at this time.
The Kreeger Museum: Visitors will need to obtain a free timed-entry pass to enter the Museum. Advanced reservations are required. Timed entry sessions are scheduled for: 10 - 10:50 a.m., 11 - 11:50 a.m., 2 - 2:50 p.m., 3 - 3:50 p.m.
Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden: The outdoor Sculpture Garden is open. Our building and plaza remain temporarily closed. Open daily 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dumbarton House: Open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., a reservation is required and can be made online or by phone at 202-337-2288.
Big Bus Tours: Open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., tickets can be purchased online and used on any day or time within 6 months of purchase.
Heurich House Museum’s Castle Garden:The Heurich House Museum buildings remain closed to the general public, however the Castle Garden is open. Castle Garden Hours Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Official business meeting requirements – The House Campus has opened to official business visitors with COVID-19 procedures in place. All business visitors must always be escorted by staff, and I may only be visited by up to five people per meeting. To schedule a business meeting with me in my Washington, D.C. office, email WI06.Scheduling@mail.house.gov.
Capitol Tickets - The U.S. Capitol tour is a fascinating trip through time and worth a trip to Washington, D.C. in itself. The 60-minute tour starts in the Capitol Visitors Center (CVC) and features sights such as the old Supreme Court chamber, old Senate chamber, Statuary Hall and, of course, the inside of the Capitol rotunda. Congressional tour coordinators are able to schedule specific times for Capitol tours up to five months in advance. In order to maximize the chances of scheduling a Capitol tour, please make your tour request more than five months in advance, so we can ensure your place in line.
Please note: Tours of the U.S. Capitol building are conducted during normal operating procedures. Unfortunately, the Capitol building is closed to the public and tours are suspended until further notice. Currently, there is no timeline for when the Capitol will reopen for tours, but when there is more information available, this page will be updated accordingly.
White House Tickets - The White House is an iconic landmark of Washington, D.C. and a symbol of freedom throughout the world. Visitors start the journey outside of the White House complex, before entering the grounds. When inside, the 45-minute self-guided tour begins. Remember, this is a self-guided tour, so the amount of time you spend inside will vary based on your group size and the total number of visitors that day. The White House is the most requested tour in Washington, D.C. and space is extremely limited. Congressional tour coordinators are able to request White House tours up to three months in advance. To maximize your chances of being accepted, please request a White House tour more than three months in advance. Once my tour coordinator has submitted your request, you will be sent an email to fill out additional security information for your entire party. Once the security information is submitted, the White House will let us know two weeks before your trip if you have been accepted and the time of your tour. The start times for White House tours are: Tuesday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. ET until 11:30 a.m. ET, and Friday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m. ET until 1:30 p.m. ET. Again, we will not know the date and time of your tour until two weeks before your trip, so thank you in advance for being patient.
Please note: Tours of the White House are conducted during normal operating procedures. Unfortunately, White House tours are suspended until further notice. Currently, there is no timeline for when the White House will reopen for tours, but when there is more information available, this page will be updated accordingly. Required fields are followed by *.