Tours You Can Schedule Through Senator Durbin's Office

United States Capitol

Trained members of my staff conduct Capitol tours Monday through Friday. These tours provide an overview of important historical, artistic, and architectural features of the Capitol building. Highlights of the tour include visits to the Old Supreme Court Chamber, the Capitol Rotunda, and the National Statuary Hall. If the Senate is in session on the day of your tours and you wish to view the Senate debates, you may request Senate gallery passes at the conclusion of your tour.

The White House 

White House regulations establish that tours of the White House may only be obtained through a Congressional office. These are among the most frequently requested tours in Washington. Please note that while White House tours have resumed, they are being offered on a very limited basis with demand far exceeding the availability. Given their popularity, I encourage you to make your request as far in advance of the dates of your visit as possible, especially during the peak months of March through September. Due to restrictions of the White House, my office cannot accept White House tour requests made less than a month in advance of the desired tour date.


In order for my office to request a White House tour on your behalf, each individual in your party will be required to submit security clearance information, which will be forwarded to the White House for approval prior to your visit. The White House requires all visitors to submit their full legal name, date of birth, U.S. citizenship status, country of birth, gender, Social Security number, and city/town of residence. My office will not be able to process White House tour requests that have been submitted without this information. Please note that names of all White House visitors, including those taking tours, are made part of the official White House visitor records, which are publicly available.


If the White House is unable to fill your tour request, I would encourage you to consider visiting the White House Visitors Center, which is located at the corner of 15th and E Streets NW. The White House Visitors Center is open daily from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and offers guests an opportunity to view exhibits covering the art and architecture of the White House, its furnishings, first families, social events, and its role in relations with international leaders.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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 Bureau also produces portions of U.S. passports, materials for Homeland Security, military identification cards, Immigration and Naturalization Certificates, White House invitations, Treasury obligations and other U.S. securities.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress offers docent-led tours of the historic Thomas Jefferson Building. During your tour you will learn about the Building's symbolic art and architecture and view the grandeur of the Main Reading Room. Professionally trained docents tell the story of the Library-America's oldest cultural institution-by talking about the history, collections (including the Gutenberg Bible), and the services the Library provides to Congress and the nation.

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