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Located at 260 Russell Senate Office Building, Senator Blunt’s office in Washington was previously held by two other esteemed Missouri Senators, Harry S. Truman and Kit Bond. President Truman occupied this office from 1937-1945 when he served as a U.S. Senator. After Truman was elected Vice President in 1945, he continued to use this office until he was elected President. Senator Blunt has renamed President’s Truman’s former office the Truman Conference Room, where Missourians can enjoy a piece of Missouri history in Washington.

The U.S. Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. It has housed the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives for almost two centuries. Starting in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored. Today, it stands as a working monument to the American people and their federal government. Visitors interested in scheduling a Capitol tour can click here.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. Located just east of the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress serves as the research arm of Congress. It is free for visitors to visit and take a one-hour walking tour of this historic building to learn about its symbolic art and architecture as well as the Library’s history and work.

Located just east of the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Supreme Court houses the proceedings of the highest court in the land and the nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices. The Supreme Court is free for visitors to take advantage of a variety of educational programs including Courtroom Lectures, a visitors’ film, and exhibitions.

The National Archives serve as the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the federal government, only a small percentage are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are stored and preserved at the National Archives. The National Archives allows visitors to see the original Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence.

The National Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, nine research centers, and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world. In Washington, visitors can check out space shuttles, works of art, dinosaur bones, gemstones, the Star-Spangled Banner, zoo animals, and much more at one of the museums. Most Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are free and open every day of the year except December 25.

More than 330,000 American servicemen and women, as well as many famous Americans, are buried at the 624 acre Arlington National Cemetery, including Presidents William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated in 1921 and contains the remains of soldiers from WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. The tomb is guarded 24-hours a day, and each hour (each half-hour in summer) visitors can attend a changing of the guard ceremony with a special march and salute.

The National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through the diverse people who have influenced our country and shaped our culture. Located in the heart of the city and a short distance from the National Mall on 8th and F streets NW, the Portrait Gallery is open every day of the year except December 25, and is free to visitors.