House and Senate Galleries
If you are interested in observing Floor debates in the House or Senate, passes to the House and Senate galleries can be obtained from my Washington, D.C. office in 2304 Rayburn House Office Building.
Children must be at least six years of age to be admitted to the Senate gallery. In the House, children under 10 are allowed in the gallery if accompanied by an adult. Both galleries are open between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM, but may open earlier depending on when the House and Senate are in session.
Capitol Visitor Center Restaurant (Lower Level): open to the public from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday - Saturday.
Dirksen Senate Building Cafeteria (directly north of the Capitol): open to the public from 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM and from 1:15 to 2:30 PM, Monday – Friday.
Rayburn and Longworth House Office Buildings’ Cafeterias (directly south of the Capitol): open to the public from 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM and from 1:15 to 2:30 PM, Monday – Friday.
Library of Congress’ James Madison Memorial Cafeteria: open to the public during all hours of business.
Other nearby restaurants along Pennsylvania Ave SE include, but are not limited to: We The Pizza, Good Stuff Eatery, Bullfeathers, Tortilla Coast, Sonoma, Hunan Dynasty, Pret a Manger, Starbucks, Sweet Green, Firehook, Burrito Brothers, Tune Inn, and Bearnaise.
For those unfamiliar with the city, driving can be confusing and parking very difficult to find. However, public transportation is easily accessible to those visiting the D.C. area. Taxis, the Metrorail subway and bus systems, Uber, and Lyft are available every day for transportation to and from Capitol Hill. Visitors are encouraged to use the Metro system. The closest Metro stops for Capitol Hill are Capitol South (Orange line) and Union Station (Red line). For Metro schedules, fare prices, and trip planning advice, visit www.wmata.com/.