In the late 19th century the architectural style of the Thomas Jefferson Building was said to be "Italian Renaissance." Today, it is recognized as a premier example of the Beaux Arts style, which is theatrical, heavily ornamented and kinetic. It is a style perfectly suited to a young, wealthy, and imperialistic nation in its Gilded Age.
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Official Tours on Capitol Hill

U.S. Capitol Building

Guided tours of the U.S. Capitol Building are free of charge and are conducted Monday through Saturday, 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Tours must be booked in advance and schedules can fill up quickly (particularly in spring), so it is advisable that you book your tour well in advance.

Tours of the historic Capitol Building begin at the orientation theaters with a 13-minute film, "Out of Many, One," which will take you on a journey through our country's struggle to establish the world's first truly representative democracy and introduce you to the magnificent building that houses our Congress.

U.S. residents can book a tour through the office of their Representative or Senator. Tours can also be arranged directly through the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center using the online reservation system.

A number of items are prohibited in the Capitol Building, including food or beverages of any kind. Read the complete list of prohibited items before arrival.

More information: visitthecapitol.gov

U.S. Botanic Garden

Free 45-minute highlight tours of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory may be available on the day of your visit. Check at the Visitor Information Desk upon your arrival. Tickets are not required to visit the Conservatory or Garden; some special programs require advance registration.

More information: usbg.gov/visit

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress offers hour-long, fully accessible docent-led tours of the historic Thomas Jefferson Building. During your tour you will learn about the Building’s symbolic art and architecture and view the grandeur of the Main Reading Room. No advance reservation or tickets are needed for individuals or small families. 

More information: loc.gov/visit