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How to Tour the U.S. Capitol Dome

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How to Tour the U.S. Capitol Dome

Dome of the U.S. Capitol

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Ever wonder how to tour the U.S. Capitol Dome? It isn't well-known, but tours of the U.S. Capitol Dome can be arranged by your congressional represenative. While such tours can be hard to come by, they are not impossible.

The first step is to contact the member's office and make the request for a specific date. If a member is giving a tour on the date you requested, your name may be added to the tour depending on how full the tour is. Often times, your representative will not have a tour scheduled. But this is what most people do not know: If your member is not giving a tour on the date you requested, ask the congressional aide if they can call the Office of the Architect of the Capitol to find out if there is a scheduled tour led by another congressional member that you can join. Your congressman or woman's office must make this request; you cannot. If you are successful at scoring a tour, be prepared to walk up a lot of stairs.

About the Dome of the U.S. Capitol

The dome of the U.S. Capitol is made of iron and reaches upwards to 288 feet in height, including the beautiful Statue of Freedom that adorns the top of the exterior dome. Construction on the dome took almost 11 years to complete. Inside the dome The Apotheosis of Washington was painted by Constantino Brumidi in 1865. This fresco-style painted is suspended 180 feet above the Rotunda floor and is truly a must see if you are visiting the Capitol complex.

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