Pentagon Tours

Tour Details

Guidelines to help ensure a fun and engaging learning experience at the Pentagon.

Checking In

Plan to arrive at the Pentagon Metro entrance 60 minutes before your scheduled tour to allow time for your group to process through building security. Present a copy of your tour confirmation email and identification for each group member to the Pentagon Police personnel.

Once you have cleared security, proceed into the building and turn left to find the Pentagon Tours window, which is located inside the Pentagon Visitor's Center in the visitor waiting area. The check-in for all tours is at the Pentagon Tours window. Your tour may be canceled if your group has not checked in at the Pentagon Tours window prior to your scheduled tour time. Please note that guests will not be allowed back into the Visitor's Center after the tour.

All guests will exit the building following the tour. Please arrive early if you would like to purchase souvenirs or take photos at the replica Press Briefing Room podium.

Visitors with Disabilities

Ramp access is available. Tour visitors in wheelchairs must be accompanied by someone who will assist them. A signer will be added to tours to assist hearing impaired visitors provided that two weeks' notice is given. Special tours for visually impaired visitors can also be arranged with two weeks' notice.

Tour Length and Difficulty

The Pentagon Tour is about 60 minutes in duration, with a walking distance of about one and a half miles through Pentagon corridors and staircases. Visitors taking part in a Pentagon tour should wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

OPM Operating Status

Due to inclement weather or other special circumstances, the Pentagon Tours Office adheres to guidance posted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Be sure to check the Pentagon Tours Operating Status the day of your tour before coming to the Pentagon. Click here to check the OPM Operating Status.

Language Requirements

The Pentagon Tour is presented in English. However, translation is permitted for tour groups that bring approved translators with them.

Food and Beverage

Food and beverages are not permitted on the tour.

Self-Guided Brochure

Whether taking an official tour or not, this Self-Guided Tour brochure offers information about the Pentagon and its educational displays.