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Greetings Friends:

I would like to thank you for visiting my website. Below you will find various attractions in the DC Metropolitan area. My office can assist you with tours of the U. S. Capitol and White House. Please visit or contact my Washington, DC office at 202.225.5876. I hope you enjoy your time in the nation's capital!



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Bennie G. Thompson
Member of Congress







National Museum of African American History and Culture

  • Where: 1400 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • Open every day except December 25 from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • More information:
  • Closest Metro Stations: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian (Mall Exit)

National Air and Space Museum

    • Where: Independence Avenue at 7th Street, Washington, DC
    • Open every day except December 25 from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
    • Extended Summer Hours from March 29 - September 5: 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
    • Closest Metro Stations: L’Enfant Plaza (Blue, Green, Yellow and Orange)  & Smithsonian (Blue and Orange Lines)

Arlington National Cemetery

    • Where: Arlington, VA 22211
    • Phone: (703) 607-8000
    • More Information:
    • Closest Metro Station: Arlington Cemetery (Blue Line)


The United States Botanical Garden

    • Where: 100 Maryland Ave. SW Washington, DC 20001
    • Phone: (202) 226-4082
    • More Information:
    • Guided tours are available for groups of 10-25 persons; Mon-Fri 10:30am-1:30pm
    • Schedule at least 3 weeks in advance
    • Closest Metro Station: Federal Center SW (Orange and Blue Lines)

Bureau Engraving and Printing

    • Where: 14th St and C St. SW Washington, DC 20228
    • Phone: (202) 874-2330
    • Tours can be arranged though your congressman’s office, for no more than 10 people
    • School Groups should arrange tours though the Bureaus website:
    • Reservations should be made at least 6- 8 weeks in advance, to make reservations please click here.
    • Closest Metro Station: Smithsonian (Orange and Blue Lines)


The U.S. Capitol

    • Where: Between Independence and Constitution Avenues Washington, DC
    • Phone: (202) 225-6827
    • To make reservations for the U.S. Capitol tour please click here.
    • Tours are available Mon-Sat. from 9am-3:30pm, and last for approx 45 min
    • Passes are available to visit each Chamber of Congress. House Gallery Passes are available for pickup from your Representative. Senate Gallery Passes may be picked up from your Senator.
    • Closest Metro Station: Capitol South or Union Station (Orange and Blue Lines, or Red Line, respectively)



The DC Visitor Information Center


    • Where: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20004
    • Phone: 202-DCVISIT (328-4748)
    • 1-866-DCISFUN (324-7386)
    • More Information: or
    • Summer Hours (March15-Labor Day): Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm
    • Saturday: 9.00am-4.00pm
    • Fall/Winter Hours: Monday-Friday 9.00am-4.00pm
    • Closest Metro Station: Federal Triangle (Blue and Orange Lines)



    • It is also worth checking with the various Foreign Embassies based in Washington DC, to see what special events and exhibitions they are hosting during your visit


Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Building

    • Where: J. Edgar Hoover Building, 935 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20535
    • Phone: (202) 324-3447 (202) 324-1016 (TTY)
    • Closest Metro Station: Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange lines)

Folger Shakespeare Library

    • Where: 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
    • Phone: 202-544-4600
    • 202-544-7077 (tickets)
    • More Information:
    • Closest Metro Station: Capitol South (Orange and Blue Lines)

Ford’s Theater

Frederick Douglass House

    • Where: 1900 Anacostia Dr. SE Washington, DC 20020
    • Phone: 877-444-6777
    • More Information: Open 9am-5pm
    • Closest Metro Station: Federal Center SW, then take P6 Metro Bus towards Anacostia Station (Orange and Blue Lines)

    Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

      • Where: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
      • Phone: 202-633-0519
      • More Information:


    Government Printing Office

      • Where: 732 North Capitol St, NW; between H and G Streets. Use entrance at corner of North Capitol and H Streets. Please let security know the purpose of your visit upon entering the building.
      • Hours of Operation: Open from June 17 to August 26, on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Tours scheduled at 10:00 am or 1:00 pm.
        • Please contact Congressman Thompson’s office to schedule this tour
      • Closest Metro Station: Red Line at Union Station


    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

      • Where: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW Washington, DC 20024-2126 Phone: (202) 488-0400
      • More Information:
      • The museum is open from 10am–5:30pm every day
      • Timed passes are necessary for visiting the museum; these can be obtained at the Museum on a first come first serve basis or in advance by calling at (800) 400–9373
      • Group reservations for groups larger than 21 people, using the Museum’s online reservation system. Requests are processed on a first-come, first served basis, and may be submitted from 24 hours to 12 months in advance of the visit date.
      • Please allow at least 4 hours to see the museum
      • Closest Metro Station: Smithsonian (Orange and Blue Lines)


    International Spy Museum

      • Where: 800 F St. NW Washington, DC 20004 Phone: (202) 393-7798
      • More Information: The Museum is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 8 pm (last admission 6pm)
      • All Tickets are date and time specific. Advance Tickets are highly recommended.
      • Groups of 20 or more qualify for Group Admission and require advance reservations
      • Please allow approx 3 hours to complete the museum
      • Prices:

                   Adult (ages 12-64) $16

                   Seniors (65+), Active Duty Military & Intel Community $15

                   Child* (ages 5-11) $13

                   Children age 4 and under FREE

      • Closest Metro Station: Gallery Place/ Chinatown (Red, Yellow, and Green Lines)


    John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

      • Where: 2700 F St. NW Washington, DC 20566
      • Phone: (202) 416-8340
      • More Information:
      • Free tours available Mon-Fri. 10am-5pm and Sat-Sun. 10am-1pm
      • Free tours are given at the Kennedy Center weekdays 10am-5pm, weekends 10am-1pm
      • Reservations needed (20 or more) by calling the Visitors Center (202-416-8340, 10am-9pm daily)
      • Closest Metro Station: Foggy Bottom/ GW University (Orange and Blue Line)


    Library of Congress

      • Where: 101 Independence Ave. SE Washington, DC 20540
      • Phone: (202) 707-8000
      • More Information: Groups of 16-60 participants may reserve private tours with advance notice by contacting my office at 202.225.5876.
      • Tours only by reservation and on a first-come first-served basis
        • The Group Tour schedule is Mon-Fri, at 9am, 10am, 11am, or 1pm
        • This is a lecture tour and is not suitable for school groups younger than 5th grade
      • Closest Metro Station: Capitol South (Orange and Blue Lines)


    Main Treasury Building

      • Where: 15th Street and Hamilton Place, SE
      • More Information: Guided tours offered on most Sunday mornings at 9.00, 9.45, 10.30, and 11.15
      • Advance reservations required, may be made through Congressional offices
      • Tours are only available for citizens and legal residents of the US
      • Name, date of birth, and Social Security Number for each visitor must be provided when making a reservation
      • Closest Metro Station: Metro Center or McPherson Square (Red, Blue, and Orange Lines; or Blue and Orange Lines;respectively

    Mount Vernon

      • Phone: 703-780-2000 (24 hours)
      • 703-799-8697 (TDD)
      • More Information:
      • Hours: early 8am opening for Spring and Summer
      • April-August:  8am - 5pm. March, September, October: 9am - 5pm.  November-February: 9am - 4pm
      • Easily reached by car, RV, bus or boat

    The Museums at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center

      • Where: 3900 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC 20017
      • Phone: 202-635-5400
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      • Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5om, Sunday 12am-5pm
      • Please call 202-635-5400 for holiday and winter hours
      • Admission: Donation and group fee
      • Please call 202-635-5475 for group information
      • Closest Metro Station: Brookland-CUA (Red Line)


    The National Archives

      • Where: 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20408-0001
      • Phone: (301) 837-0700
      • More Information: The archive is open Mon-Fri from 10am-7pm
      • Closest Metro Station:National Archives/ Navy Memorial (Yellow and Green Lines)

    National Building Museum

      • Where: 401 F St. NW Washington DC 20001
      • Phone: (202) 272-2448
      • More Information: For groups of 10 or more contact Schedule at least 3 weeks in advance
      • Closest Metro Station: Judiciary Square (Red Line)

    National Cathedral Tours

      • Where: Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW Washington, D.C. 20016-5098
      • Phone: (202) 537-6200
      • Fax: (202) 364-6600
      • More Information:
      • Tours are offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:15am, tours can accommodate 45 people and last for approx 45 min
      • Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park (Red Line)

    National Gallery of Art

      • Where: 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC
      • Phone: 202-737-4215
      • More Information:
      • Closest Metro Station: Judiciary Square (Red Line); Archives (Yellow and Green Lines), and Smithsonian (Blue and Orange Lines).

    National Guard Memorial Museum

      • Where: One Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20001
      • Phone: (202) 408-5887
      • Closest Metro Station: Union Station (Red Line)

    National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

      • Where: E St., between 4th and 5th St., NW, Washington, DC
      • More Information: Open year round, 24 hours a day
      • Closest Metro Station: Judiciary Square, F St. exit (Red Line)

    National Museum of American Jewish Military History

      • Where: 1811 R St, NW Washington, DC
      • Phone: (202) 265-6280
      • More Information: Call Mary Westley at Extension 511 to arrange a tour
      • Closest Metro Station: Dupont Circle (Red Line)

    National Museum of Women in the Arts

      • Where: 1250 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20005
      • Phone: 202-783-5000
      • (202) 783-7996 (Tours)
      • Closest Metro Station: Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange lines)

    National Postal Museum

      • Where: 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E. Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 633-5555
      • Fax: (202) 633-5534 (tours)
      • More Information: Groups of 10 or more visitors may schedule a tour at least three weeks in advance
      • Tours are approx one hour long and are NOT recommended for school groups

    The National Zoo

      • Where: 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC 20008
      • Phone: (202) 633-4800
      • More Information: The National Zoo is open every day of the year between 6am-6pm, except Dec 25
      • Closest Metro Station: Woodley Park Zoo/ Adams Morgan (Red Line)

    The U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center

      • Where: 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004-2608
      • Phone: 202-737-2300
      • More Information:
      • Hours: 9.30am-5.00pm, Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday
      • Winter schedule: closed Sunday and Monday, November-February
      • Closest Metro Station: Archives/Naval Memorial Station (Yellow and Green Lines)

    The U.S. Navy Museum

      • Where: Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese St. SE, Washington, DC 20374
      • Phone: (202) 433-6897
      • More Information: All Navy Museum programs are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is
        needed for entry into Navy Yard
      • All visitors enter the 11th and O St. SE gate of the Washington Navy Yard on weekdays and the 6th and M St. SE gate for evening events, weekends, and holidays.
      • Closest Metro Station: Navy Yard (Green Line); Eastern Market (Blue and Orange lines);Union Station (Red line)


    The Pentagon

      • Where: Army-Navy Dr. and Fern St. Arlington, VA 22202
      • Phone: 703-697-1776
      • 703-614-1642 (fax)
      • More Information:
      • If you are part of a school, church, government agency, or military organization group of 5 or more people you may go through the web site. Otherwise, you must go through your Congressional office to request a tour
      • Tours must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance
      • Closest Metro Station: Pentagon (Blue and Yellow Lines)


    Sewall-Belmont House

      • Where: 144 Constitution Ave. NE Washington, DC 20002
      • Phone: (202) 546-1210
      • More Information:
      • This museum explores the evolving role of women and their contributions to society through the continuing, and often untold, story of women's pursuit for equality
      • Headquarters of National Women’s Party
      • Tours offered from Tuesday to Saturday; and should be arranged 2-4 weeks in advance
      • The Museum can only accommodate up to 30 visitors
      • Closest Metro Station:Union Station (Red Line)

    Smithsonian Institution

      • Where: 1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20560
      • Phone: (202) 633-1000
      • Tours:
      • Closest Metro Station: Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines)


    Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

    • Where: 1400 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.
    • Open every day except December 25 from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
    • More information:
    • Closest Metro Stations: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian (Mall Exit)

    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

      • Where: 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20560
      • Phone: 202-357-2700
      • 202-357-1729 (TTY)
      • More Information: Hours: Daily, 10am-5.30pm, closed Dec. 25th
      • Tours: Monday-Thursday, 10.30am, and 1.30pm, Friday at 10.30am only
      • Closest Metro Station: Smithsonian (Blue and Orange Lines)


    Textile Museum

      • Where: 2320 S St. NW Washington, DC 20008-4088
      • Phone: (202) 667-0441
      • (202) 483-0994 (fax)
      • More Information: The Museum is open Monday though Sat. 10am-5pm, and Sun. 1pm-5pm
      • Admission is free, however a $5 donation is recommended
      • Closest Metro Station: Dupont Circle (Red Line)


    Verizon Center (Washington Wizards, Georgetown Hoyas, Washington Capitols & Concerts)

      • Where: 601 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004
      • Phone: (202) 661-5061 (group sales tickets)
      • Closest Metro Station: Gallery Place- Chinatown (Red, Yellow, Green lines)

    Voice of America

      • Where: 330 Independence Ave, SW Washington, DC
      • Phone: (202) 203-4990
      • More Information:
      • Call to arrange for groups of 5 or more at: (202) 203-4990
      • Closest Metro Station: Smithsonian (Orange and Blue Lines)


    Washington Monument
      • Where: 15th St. SW Washington, DC 20002
      • Phone: (202) 426-6841
      • More Information: Tickets may be booked online at Tickets also distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 8:30 am until all tickets for that day are gone.
      • Closest Metro Station: Smithsonian (Orange and Blue Lines)

    Washington Redskins (American football)

      • Where: FedEx Field, Raljon Rd. Landover, MD 20785
      • More information: For schedule and pricing information:
      • Closest Metro Station: Landover, then transfer to shuttle bus (Orange Line)

      Washington Nationals Stadium

        • Where: 1500 South Capitol St., SE, Washington, DC 20003
        • Nationals Park is located in Southeast Washington along the Anacostia River bounded by South Capitol Street to the west, N Street to the north, First Street to the east and Potomac Avenue to the south.
        • Metro Access: Take the Green Line to the Navy Yard station. The Navy Yard station is just a half a block away and will accommodate 24,000 passengers an hour.

      The White House

      *Please begin your White House tour request by calling my office at 202-225-5876 and/or emailing our tour coordinator at

        • My office can request tours of the White House. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted).  Tour hours will be extended when possible based on the official White House schedule. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to three months (exactly 90 days) in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible in the 3 month to 21 days in advance time frame, as a limited number of spaces are available. All White House tours are free of charge.
        • Upon submission of your request, my office will provide you with an email confirmation.  The White House generally notifies my office one to two weeks prior to the requested tour date, my office will follow-up with you accordingly.
        • Logistics:

                 Where: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

                 24 Hour hotline: 202-456-7041

                 Tickets are free and must be requested through Congressional offices up to 6 months in advance.

          • Closest Metro Stations: Federal Triangle & Metrocenter Stations (Red, Blue, & Orange lines) stop at Metrocenter and only Blue and Orange Lines stop at Federal Triangle.

      Woodrow Wilson House

        • Where: 2340 S St. NW Washington, DC 20008
        • Phone: 202-387-4062
        • More Information: Tours are available on a first come first serve basis on the day of your visit, or alternatively you can arrange a tour though their website:
        • The house is open 10am-4pm Tues-Sun
        • Prices:
          • Adults $7.50
          • Seniors $6.50
          • Students $3.00 Under age 7 free
        • Closest Metro Station: Dupont Circle (Red Line)

      Maps of the Capitol and DC Metro Area

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