WHEN ARE TICKETS REQUIRED?
Tickets are required during the spring and summer peak season and during Thanksgiving week. Tickets are not required during the fall and winter nonpeak season and visitors can proceed straight to the entrance on 14th Street. Tickets are only required for the tour, not for the visitor center.
HOW DO I GET A TICKET?
During the spring and summer peak season, please visit the booth on Raoul Wallenberg Place (15th Street) for tickets. The booth opens at 8 a.m. and closes when all tickets have been distributed for the day. Lines form early during popular visiting times such as spring break, holidays and the Cherry Blossom Festival.
ARE TICKETS FREE AND HOW MANY CAN I GET?
Yes, tickets are free. You may request up to four tickets at the booth.
CAN I RESERVE TICKETS FOR A GROUP?
Yes. The BEP offers free group tours for 10 or more people from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tour services and organizations are encouraged to make reservations well in advance. Large groups may submit requests up to six months in advance of the requested date. To reserve a group tour, complete the Group Reservation Request Form and email it to TourScheduler@bep.gov.
The BEP also grants a limited number of congressional tours reserved through the office of your U.S. senator or representative. Congressional tours are free and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and are offered Monday through Friday at 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. During peak season, congressional tours are also offered between 4 and 4:45 p.m. To request a congressional tour, contact the office of your U.S. senator or representative.
Note to Congressional Offices: Congressional staff may schedule tours for up to 10 constituents per member per calendar day. Member offices may submit a maximum of five requests per day. Tours may be scheduled up to six months in advance of the requested date. To reserve a tour, complete the Congressional Tour Reservation Request Form and email it to TourScheduler@bep.gov. This form is to be completed by congressional staff only with a Senate.gov or Mail.House.gov email address.