Gain an in-depth understanding of the meeting place of the United States legislature. The Capitol Building is also the site of an assassination attempt on President Andrew Jackson. Richard Lawrence attempted to shoot the former President as he left a funeral held on the hill, but his gun misfired. An outraged 67-year-old President Jackson responded by clubbing Lawrence repeatedly with his walking cane.
Library of Congress
Come take in the beauty of the largest library in the world that includes the personal library of Thomas Jefferson purchased in 1815 for $23,950. The Library of Congress is not only the largest with over 158 million items, but also the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States founded in 1800. The library acts as the research arm for the U.S. Congress.
Visit the court with the power to check the actions of the President, Congress and state governments. Nine justices sit on the Supreme Court and receive approximately 5,000 requests for hearings each year. The Court hears less than 150 cases in any given year.
House of Representatives
Come visit the U.S. House of Representatives, which is part of the federal government’s legislative branch tasked with passing federal laws. The 435 representatives in the House proportionally reflect the population of the 50 states with each representative serving a two-year term.
Behold the meeting chambers of the U.S. Senate, the smaller body of Congress. There are 100 Senators in the Senate with two Senators representing each state with an equal voice. Senators serve six-year terms with one third of the Senate up for election every two years.
After the Tour
Our guides will ensure that you receive a free pass for a tour of the inside of the Capitol building at the end of the Tours for Humanity tour.
The Fine Print
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National Mall Tour Details
Meet us on the corner of 1st and C Street, SE across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station.
Our walking tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
$29.50 for Adults
$10.00 for Children (under 12)
The closest metro station is Capitol South on the Orange/Blue/Silver line. Metro’s Trip Planner website will help you navigate your ride.
Reservations are required. Sign up for a tour using our calendar.
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