Congressman Welch's office is ready to assist you in obtaining Congressional tours of the Capitol Building, the White House and other landmarks. For more information, please contact Congressman Welch's office at the numbers below.
Please note that while the staff is happy to assist in tour requests to the White House, Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, National Archives, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Kennedy Center and the Pentagon, they cannot guarantee tickets to any of these locations. Please contact Congressman Welch's office as soon as you know you are coming to Washington – as many months in advance as possible.
2303 Rayburn HOB
The White House
Public tours of The White House are self-guided and can only be reserved through congressional offices. These tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and tour availability is very limited. We highly recommend 6 months advanced notice for White House tours. Tours of the White House are available Tuesday through Saturday, and are almost exclusively in the morning hours. The White House will notify Congressman Welch's office if your tour has been accepted or denied about 2 weeks before the tour date. Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, White House tours have been cancelled until further notice. Check the White House Tours & Events page for updates here. You can contact the White House Visitors Office 24 Hour Hotline at (202) 456-7041.
Click here to visit the White House home page.
Capitol Tours are now led by professional guides at the new Capitol Visitor's Center and include timed tickets and an orientation film. Click here to book your own Capitol Tour or through Rep. Welch here. School groups or anyone with special needs should book a Capitol Tour through Rep. Welch's office. When at the Capitol, feel free to stop by Room 2303 of the Rayburn House Office Building to see Rep. Welch's office and to ask for passes to the Senate and House galleries to watch these bodies at work.
Check out the Capitol Visitor's Center orientation video below:
Public tours are available in the Courtroom every hour on the half-hour from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on days that the Court is not sitting. Seating for public lectures is available on a first-come, first-served basis and tickets are not required. For information about sitting in on the Court while in session, please see the Visitor's Guide to Oral Argument, available here.
The Library of Congress
Public tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., and on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The National Archives
Both guided and self-guided tours of the National Archives - home to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence - can be reserved for a nominal fee through National Recreation Reservation Service here, or through the Call Center at (877) 444-6777 or (877) 559-6777 for group sales.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Same-day tickets for tours of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing can be picked up at the ticket booth located on Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th Street) beginning at 8:00 a.m. Tickets are only required during peak season (April – August). The Bureau is closed on weekends, federal holidays and the week between Christmas and New Years.
Click here to visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing home page.