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Government Buildings of Interest

Government buildings of interest.

The White House
The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

The home of the president attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The tour includes such celebrated rooms as the East Room, the Senate Dining Room, the Red, Green, and Blue Rooms, and the President’s Library.

Contact your senator to request a tour.  


Old Executive Office Building
Old Executive Office Building

17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

This Victorian building, originally constructed to house the State, War, and Navy departments, is an excellent example of the architectural and decorative taste of the late 1800s.  It also provides a glimpse into the government of the 19th century.  Today it is the site of the Vice President's Ceremonial Office and Executive Branch offices that support the White House.

Visit its Web site for a virtual tour; Public tours of the building have been discontinued until further notice.


US Treasury Department
Treasury Building

1500 Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

The Treasury Building is home to the Treasury Department. Designed in Greek Revival style, it is an example of the construction technology and decoration of the 19th century.
Guided tours are conducted on Saturday mornings and run about 60 minutes. Advance reservations are required and can be made through your Congressional offices.

Tour highlights include the Salmon Chase Suite, featuring allegorical ceiling murals and stenciled walls, the Andrew Johnson Suite, temporary site of President Andrew Johnson's Executive Office following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the newly restored West dome and lobby, and the marble Cash Room.


Department of State
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State Department Building

2201 C Street, NW

This headquarters of American foreign policy features displays of fine 18th-century furniture and an Americana collection in the eight diplomatic reception rooms. Public tours are available by reservation only.  


Department of Defense -- The Pentagon
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Department of Defense

The Pentagon, Army Navy Drive and Fern Street, Arlington, VA

The Pentagon is the Department of Defense headquarters and the command center for our nation's defense. It is also one of the world’s largest office buildings having 17.5 miles of corridors.

Tours closed to the general public.  


Voice of America
Voice of America

330 Independence Avenue, SW

The Voice of America is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government. It broadcasts in over 44 languages around the world and is located at the VOA headquarters in the north building of the Department of Health and Human Services.  


National Archives
The National Archives

8th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

The National Archives is the repository for legislative documents and historical records of Congress, as well as the entire federal government.  

In the Rotunda see the Charters of Freedom Exhibit, which displays the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence. The Public Vaults exhibition allows the visitors a chance to walk into their archives' vaults and stacks giving them access to recently declassified documents and other public records.        


Bureau of Engraving and Printing
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Bureau of Engraving and Printing

14th and C Streets, SW

Over 70 billion dollars in cash is produced in this building every year. Tours of the Bureau leave every fifteen minutes and feature the various steps of currency production.


United States Government Printing Office
Government Printing Office

North Capitol Street, between G and H Streets, NW

Congressional, executive, and judicial branch documents are printed by the GPO and made available to the general public through the Depository Library Program, the internet and through sales.




The Smithsonian Institution provides visitors to Washington with culture, history, and heritage with museums, events, and festivals.  Visit their Web site for more information.  (this will take you outside senate.gov)


DC Heritage

The D.C. Heritage Tourism Coaltion is dedicated to showcasing the cultural attractions and special events in Washington to visitors from across the globe.  Go to their site for more information (this will take you outside www.senate.gov).



Washington.org is the perfect site for visitors new to Washington, D.C.  Check out their site! (this will take you outside senate.gov)



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