Senator Grassley’s office provides tour information and arrangements for Iowans planning a trip to Washington, D.C.
Tickets to popular tourist sites -- including the United States Capitol, the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, the Kennedy Center, the White House and the FBI Education Center -- are available through Senator Grassley’s office. Tour tickets to attractions are limited. Iowans are encouraged to submit requests as far in advance of their requested tour dates as possible. Due to the timing of when tickets are released, requests can’t be accommodated more than three months in advance. Our nation’s capital is a popular destination. Therefore, it is important to note that tickets go very quickly during peak seasons in the spring and summer months.
Iowans can submit tour requests up to three months prior to their visit via email with the form below, or call Senator Grassley’s Washington office at (202) 224-3744. Requests containing the same information found on the form may also be faxed to Senator Grassley’s office at (202) 224-5136. Iowans need only submit one form per party.
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Attractions with Public Tours
The National Archives Museum
The National Archives houses an impressive collection of historical documents and exhibits including the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. Reserved tours can be booked online for a nominal fee. Walk-up tours are available every day except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Website: National Archives Museum
Washington National Cathedral
The National Cathedral provides visitors an opportunity to marvel at neo-gothic architecture and enjoy religious solace. Public tours are available as well as services and special events.
Website: Washington National Cathedral
Library of Congress
Located on Capitol Hill, the Library of Congress offers tours of the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. Three buildings on Capitol Hill are associated with the Library of Congress but constituents should report to the Jefferson Building located at the corner of 1st and Independence Avenue Southeast for tours.
Website: Library of Congress
An obelisk located in the center of the National Mall memorializes our first president, George Washington. For those interested in going to the top of the Washington Monument there are two types of tickets available: a limited number of free, walk-up tickets are available daily and tickets reserved online in advance for a $1.50 fee per ticket. Tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis and go very quickly during the summer months.
Website: Washington Monument
Home to the Department of Defense, this building is available for tours on a limited basis. It is important to note the Pentagon is located across the Potomac River in Virginia but is Metro accessible.
Website: The Pentagon
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This museum serves as a living memorial to the Holocaust. The powerful exhibits are very popular with school groups and tickets can be hard to come by. When available, tickets can be reserved online in advance for a nominal fee. Walk-up tickets are also available on a limited basis. We suggest going early to try to obtain walk-up tickets.
Website: Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Supreme Court Building
Historic court cases and judicial business have occurred in this building. Courtroom lectures are available on the days when the Court isn’t in session. Constituents who are interested in hearing an oral argument should review the Court’s schedule on its website. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis so plan to arrive early.
Website: Supreme Court
The Smithsonian Museums
This group of museums has exhibits for Iowans of all ages. There is free admission for all Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and no advance tickets are needed.
Website: Smithsonian Museums
**All tours are subject to change at the discretion of the host. Please refer to their respective websites for the most up-to-date information.**