Senator Casey can help arrange tours of the Capitol Building, the White House, and other historic sites
Please note: Due to the continued risk of COVID-19, many tours are restricted or unavailable. Should you have questions about specific tours, please reach out to Senator Casey's office at (202) 224-6324.
U.S. Capitol Building
Senator Casey's office is happy to arrange guided tours of the Capitol for constituents through the Capitol Visitor Center. The Capitol Visitor Center is open to visitors 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. There are no tours provided on Sundays.
Tours last approximately 45 minutes and do not include the Senate Gallery. If you wish to view the Senate chamber from the Senate Gallery, you are welcome to pick up Gallery Passes in Senator Casey's office – 393 Russell Senate Office Building – before your tour. We recommend that you submit all Capitol tour requests at least two weeks in advance.
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). Tours are scheduled on a 'first come, first served' basis.
Requests can be submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible, as a limited number of spaces are available. All White House tours are free of charge.
Once you submit your request, Senator Casey's staff will contact you with additional information. At that time, you will need to submit security information to be processed by the U.S. Secret Service. This information includes the full name, date of birth, Social Security number, country of origin, and citizenship of each member of your tour group.
(Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation, due to fluctuations in the President's schedule.)
U.S. Supreme Court
The Supreme Court Building is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is closed Saturdays, Sundays, and on federal holidays. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of a variety of educational programs available during their visit, including courtroom lectures, a visitors' film, and exhibitions that are changed periodically.
When the Court is not sitting, courtroom lectures are generally scheduled every hour on the half-hour, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. On days that the Court is sitting, lectures begin after the Court adjourns. A rolling 30-day calendar is available showing the daily schedule of the lectures.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. The institution offers many exciting activities on site and online. Entrance to the Jefferson Building – the grandest of the buildings – is free and open to the public. You may participate in a guided tour or a gallery talk, or take a self-guided tour of the building and the exhibitions.
Take a free one-hour walking tour of the historic Jefferson Building to learn about its symbolic art and architecture. Volunteer docents tell the story of the Library – America’s oldest cultural institution – including its history, collections, and services to Congress and the Nation.
Department of the Treasury
Advance reservations are required to visit the Treasury Department. Tours are available for citizens and legal residents of the United States. The name, date of birth, and Social Security number for each visitor must be provided before your tour is confirmed, and all attendees must show photo I.D. to gain admittance to the building.
The Main Treasury Building is the third oldest building in Washington, and dates from 1836. In 1833, Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument, was commissioned to design a new Treasury Building after the previous two Treasury structures were destroyed by fire. Mills' T-shaped building is noted for the grand colonnade, sweeping across the entire expanse of the structure. Each of the 30 columns is 36 feet tall and carved from a single block of granite. Subsequent wings were added from 1855 to 1869, all retaining the Greek Revival influence of the Mills design.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
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. A world leader in printing technology, the BEP also produces secured documents for other federal government agencies.
The Pentagon tours program hosts more than 106,000 visitors annually. Tours of the famous building highlight the respective missions of the six Armed Services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Joint Staff through a 60-minute presentation that includes a 1.49 mile walk through the building. This tour is punctuated by colorful displays and historic photographs depicting significant moments in military history, including the 9/11 Memorial Chapel.
Built in just 16 months, the Pentagon is the world’s largest low-rise office building. It has more than twice the floor space of the Empire State Building, and the U.S. Capitol could fit into any one of its five wedge-shaped sections. It boasts more than 17 miles of corridor and houses enough telephone wire in the building to wrap around the world four and a half times.
A tour of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, situated on the banks of the Potomac River, is a highlight of any visit to Washington, D.C. As the Nation's performing arts center and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center welcomes three million visitors annually.
The tour highlights the historic events that led up to the establishment of a national cultural center, as well as an interactive exhibit on the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy. Tours of the Kennedy Center are offered daily, free of charge, and given by the Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers.
The National Archives features the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, as well as current and past special exhibits. Reserved tours lasting about 90 minutes are available Monday through Friday starting at 9:45 a.m.
Please notify Senator Casey's office as early as possible to request a reserved tour. Additionally, a number of self-guided tours of the National Archives are available throughout the day and can be requested through this office.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation offers a tour of its headquarters at the J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington, D.C. Tours are available Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. They last approximately 90 minutes and must be requested through a Member of Congress. The tour features content, objects, and interactive multimedia related to the importance of the FBI’s mission to protect the American people.
Once you have submitted your request, Senator Casey's staff will contact you with additional information. At that time, you will need to submit security information to be processed by the FBI. This information includes the full name, date of birth, Social Security number, country of origin, and citizenship of each member of the tour group.
For security purposes, these requests must be submitted at least 21 days in advance of the date of the tour.