During the peak visiting months (March-August) free tickets for the 40-minute tour are required, but you can’t get them in advance. They are distributed at the ticket booth on a first-come, first-served basis (four per person), and if you aren’t in line by 6:30 or 7 a.m., you will probably be out of luck. The ticket booth opens at 8 a.m., and tours run every 15 minutes starting at 9 a.m. (closing time varies according to the season). In off-peak months (September-February), no tickets are required, and the line forms at the 14th Street visitor entrance.
If you visit during off-peak months, you might even get a tour all to yourself, but if you don’t want to take any chances during peak months, request a tour through your senator’s or representative’s office.
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