The Bureau of Engraving and Printing
There are two options for touring the Bureau of Engraving and Printing; the first is public tours offered by the Bureau. During the Peak Season (March-August), tickets are required for the tour. The ticket booth opens at 8 a.m. and closes once all the tickets have been distributed. During the non-peak season (September-February), tickets are not required. Tours are given every fifteen minutes from 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. During the summer (May-August), it is also open 2 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Click here for more information on Bureau tours.
The second way to visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is with a reservation through a Congressional office. Congressional tours are available at 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. If you would like to schedule a tour through Congressman Fortenberry's Office, you should call (202) 225-4806. Please submit your request at least 8 weeks before the desired tour date.
Library of Congress
The main building (Thomas Jefferson Building) of the Library of Congress is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Library of Congress is closed on all federal holidays. Tours are available Monday – Saturday at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30; and Saturday at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30 and 2:30.Click here for more information on visiting the Library of Congress.
The National Archives are open every day during the Spring and Summer (April 15 – Labor Day) from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m; and every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, during the Fall and Winter (Day after Labor Day – March 14) from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Reservations for the self-guided tour are not required, but are recommended for visiting the National Archives. Tours are available during the Spring and Summer from 10:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and during the Fall and Winter from 10:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. To make a reservation, you should email the Visitor Services Manager. Click here for more information on visiting the National Archives.
The new Capitol Visitor Center opened its doors on December 2nd, 2008. As a result, the procedure for booking a Capitol tour has changed.
The Capitol Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Inauguration Day. Tours of the U.S. Capitol are conducted from 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., Monday through Saturday, but advanced reservations are required. You can book your own tours at www.visitthecapitol.gov up to 90 days in advance of the desired tour date.
Please note that tour openings fill quickly, so it is advisable to book your tour well in advance of your visit. A limited number of same-day passes are available at the tour kiosks on the East and West Fronts of the Capitol or at the Information Desks on the lower level of the Capitol Visitor Center.
For assistance with booking a Capitol tour, please call Congressman Fortenberry's Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-4806.
The United States Supreme Court
The Supreme Court is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. It is closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Lectures are given in the Courtroom every hour on the half hour when the court is not in session beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m.
When the Court is in session, from October to the end of April, you can view oral arguments. Calendar of oral arguments. The Court allows people in at 9:30 a.m. and the oral arguments begin at 10 a.m. Due to limited seating, you should arrive as early as 8 a.m. to wait in line to secure a seat.
In mid-May the Court takes the bench on Mondays at 10 a.m. for the release of orders and opinions. This practice continues until all the cases heard during the term are decided, usually the last week in June. These sessions typically last anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes, and are open to the public. Again, you should arrive early to secure a seat. Click here for more information on visiting the Supreme Court.
The White House is open to organized school, youth, veteran, military, or any other groups consisting of 10 or more individuals for self-guided tours. The tours are scheduled through members of Congress. Tours are not guaranteed as the number of people requesting tours far exceeds the number of tours available. Tours are available Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays).
You should call Congressman Fortenberry's Washington, DC, office at (202) 225-4806 to request a White House tour as early as six months ahead of your desired tour date. Once you initially request through our website, you will be contacted by Congressman Fortenberry's office as the process for White House tours requires additional steps for security reasons.
Additionally, constituents are encouraged to visit the White House Visitor Center. It is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The White House Visitors Center is located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, across from Liberty Plaza.