Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Visit D.C.

Our office can help you set up free tours at various Washington, D.C. locations. See more information about each of the locations below: the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, The Bureau of Engraving and Printing, The Pentagon*, and The White House. You may submit a request for tours using the form below. Please note that a request for any tour is not guaranteed until you receive confirmation from a member of my staff. Available tours will be confirmed by e-mail, and no physical tickets are required.

If you do not receive a response within two weeks of submitting your request or have trouble filling out the form, please contact my Washington office at (202) 225-5951. If you plan to visit Washington, DC in less than two weeks, please call my office to discuss your options.

Please note that tours can be limited, especially for the White House. We cannot guarantee any tour as availability is subject to change. Please submit your request to my office as far in advance as possible. During peak tourist season (March through September), six months advance notice is recommended.

Click Here for our Tour Request Form


White House                      
(40-60 minutes)                      We Will Process Tour Requests as Soon as Possible
(Most difficult to obtain)

Requests for touring the White House must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and are accepted only up to three months in advance. Public tours of the White House are scheduled Tuesday - Saturday, and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Groups of 10 and under (or more) may submit a request to my office. Tours will be confirmed one week in advance. We encourage you to submit your request as early as possible since a limited number of tours are available. All White House tours are free of charge. Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation. Our office is happy to assist you in requesting these tours, but we cannot guarantee that a tour request will be approved, even if the request is submitted 3 months in advance.


Library of Congress
(45-60 minutes)
Public tour times (No reservation required):
10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 Monday-Friday
10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30 Saturday

The Library of Congress is not only the world’s largest library, but also the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. Thomas Jefferson established the Library in 1800, at that time it was housed in the Capitol building. In 1897 the Jefferson Building opened, the building itself is a tribute to American culture.


Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP)
Public tour times (No reservation required):
8:15, 8:45(September – March)
8:15, 8:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45(April-August)

You'll see millions of dollars being printed during a tour of the BEP. The tour features the various steps of currency production, beginning with large, blank sheets of paper, and ending with wallet-ready bills! As the U.S. Government's security printer, the BEP is responsible for the design, engraving and printing of all U.S. paper currency.


The Pentagon
9:00 – 2:00 (Monday-Friday)

The Pentagon tour route consists of approximately 1 mile of walking. The Tour Highlights 20 items of interest and includes the mission of the Department of Defense and each of its branches of service, and numerous displays that highlight and depict significant moments in military history. *The Pentagon encourages individuals to submit their own tour requests to the Pentagon website (listed below), because of personal information, including Social Security numbers, are necessary to book the tour.

Here is the link to the Pentagon website, where you should be able to request a tour: https://pentagontours.osd.mil/tour-selection.jsp


U.S. Capitol Tour
(60-90 minutes) 
9:00 – 4:00 Monday-Friday

The United States Capitol is the most widely recognized symbol of freedom in the world. Since 1800, the Capitol has housed both the Senate and the House of Representatives. It is where the laws of this country are written. It is also one of the most magnificent structures in the nation. The Capitol also serves as an art museum, displaying in paintings the early years of our country. If Congress is in session the tour includes a trip to the House Gallery to observe Congress at work.
 

Our office does not offer tours on weekends, but the US Capitol Visitor Center is open every day from 9am-3pm, except Sundays and Christmas. The CVC is located on the east front of the US Capitol and you do not need tickets to go, they offer tours every 20 minutes.

Please Note:
Our office will be closed for tours during Federal Holidays and extended times during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, so please plan accordingly.
Federal Holidays are as followers:
New Year’s Day (Extended hours)
MLK Jr. Birthday
Washington’s Birthday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving (Extended hours)
Christmas (Extended hours)


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