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Federal Attractions

Pentagon Tours - Headquarters of the Department of Defense and one of the world's largest office buildings. It is twice the size of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, and has three times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York. The Pentagon conducts two kinds of tours for the general public, walk-in tours and group tours. Both tours are free and are conducted Monday through Friday. To take a guided tour of the Pentagon, you must make a reservation in advance.

Supreme Court of the United States - Offers a variety of educational programs. Exhibits, which are changed periodically, and a theater, where a film on the Supreme Court is shown, are located on the ground floor. Lectures in the Courtroom are given every hour on the half-hour, on days that the Court is not sitting.

The National Archives Experience - Home of the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights which are housed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom; the Public Vaults permanent exhibit gallery; the Lawrence F. O'Brien temporary exhibit gallery; the Boeing Learning Center; and the William G. McGowan Theater.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing - Watch stacks of cash being made. The bureau is the largest producer of security documents in the United States. The BEP produces over 9 billion Federal Reserve notes each year and over 20 billion postage stamps.

Korean War Veteran Memorial - "Freedom is not free." Here, one finds the expression of American gratitude to those who restored freedom to South Korea. Nineteen stainless steel sculptures stand silently under the watchful eye of a sea of faces upon a granite wall- reminders of the human cost of defending freedom. These elements all bear witness to the patriotism, devotion to duty, and courage of Korean War veterans.

African American Civil War Memorial - In January 1999, the Civil War Memorial Museum opened to the public. Using photographs, documents and state of the art audio visual equipment, the museum helps visitors understand the African American's heroic and largely unknown struggle for freedom.

The Library of Congress - The nation's oldest federal cultural institution. The Library preserves a collection of more than 119 million items, more than two-thirds of which are in media other than books. These include the largest map, film and television collections in the world.

Navy Memorial - Includes both a commemorative public plaza and a Naval Heritage Center. Perhaps the most striking individual feature of the Navy Memorial is the statue of The Lone Sailor.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Deliberately setting aside the controversies of the war, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who served when their Nation called upon them. The designer, Maya Lin, felt that "the politics had eclipsed the veterans, their service and their lives." She kept the design elegantly simple to "allow everyone to respond and remember."

U.S. Capitol - Under this magnificent white dome, senators and representatives meet to shape U.S. legislative policy. The Capitol Guide Service conducts free guided tours of the Capitol Monday through Saturday throughout the year.

The World War II Memorial - Honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people. The Second World War is the only 20th Century event commemorated on the National Mall's central axis.

The White House - The official residence of the President of the United States, recognized worldwide as a symbol of the prestige of the presidency. Built between 1792 and 1800, the sprawling 132-room mansion has been used as a home by every President since John Adams.