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Pentagon Tours


Arrival and Check-In

You must arrive at the Pentagon Visitor Entrance 60 minutes before your scheduled tour to allow time for processing through building security. All visitors must pass through a security scanning device similar to those found at airport security checkpoints.

Your tour may be canceled if your group has not processed through security and checked in at the Pentagon Tours window inside the Pentagon Visitor Center prior to your scheduled tour time. Click here for more information about getting here.


All visitors 18 years of age or older will be required to present a valid government-issued photo identification or passport when they arrive at the Pentagon. For a list of valid forms of identification needed for Pentagon access, visit the following link: Acceptable ID List

NOTE: Visitors 17 years of age and under do not require identification to enter the Pentagon to participate in a Pentagon tour when accompanied by an adult member of the tour.

Confirmation Email

In addition to required identification, all adult members of your tour group must present a copy of their tour confirmation email when they arrive at the Pentagon.

Purses and Bags

All purses and bags carried into the Pentagon are subject to search.


The use of cameras or other visual recording devices on the Pentagon Reservation is prohibited.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited inside the building: Items that may cause bodily harm (mace, knives, box cutters, pepper spray, etc.) and large bags (i.e., knapsacks, camera bags, backpacks and shopping bags, etc.). Anyone with those items will not be allowed on the tour.

Prohibited Along the Tour

Personal electronic devices are not permitted on Pentagon tours: Prohibited electronic devices include but are not limited to cellphones, smartwatches, tablets, laptops, gaming devices, audio recording devices, cameras, storage devices/flash drives, scanners, headphones, virtual reality devices, transmitters and GPS devices.

As a convenience, small lockboxes are available for cellphone and smartwatch storage during your tour. However, laptops, cameras or other large electronic devices must not be brought with you to the Pentagon. The Department of Defense is not responsible for the damage or loss of personal property stored in convenience lockboxes during tours.

Tour Pace

Tour groups must keep up with the tour pace, remain with the tour group at all times, and follow the tour guide's instructions to allow Pentagon personnel to pass by on either side.

Any violation of these security measures will cause the tour to be terminated.