Pentagon Tours
Pentagon Tours
Pentagon Tours, Museum

Pentagon Tours

The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. It is located in Arlington VA but has six Washington DC zip codes. The unique design of the Pentagon, a five-story (plus two basements), five-sided building consisting of five concentric pentagons, was built in only 16 months. 

The Pentagon Tour program began in May of 1976, in support of the BiCentennial celebration, and was intended to last through July 4, 1976. Due to overwhelming internal support and public demand, the tour program has continued ever since.
 
Pentagon Tours are free and offered 9 am - 3 pm weekdays, excluding federal holidays. The tour is approximately one hour and covers one and one-half miles. The guides for the tour are 30 hand-picked active duty personnel from the National Capital Region's military ceremonial units. The narrative of the tour consists of 20 pages of script which detail 20 items of interest, including the mission of the Department of Defense and each service branch. Highlights along the tour include colorful displays and historic photographs of significant moments in military history and the 9/11 Memorial Chapel.
 
Requesting a Pentagon Tour
  • Reservations are required and may only be requested by submitting an application, available at https://pentagontours.osd.mil/
  • Requests must be submitted at least 14 days and not more than 90 days prior to your requested visit. They make no exceptions to this rule.
Once you receive approval, keep the following tips in mind:
  • Arrive 60 minutes before your tour to allow sufficient time to be processed through security and check in prior to your tour start time.
  • There is no public parking at the Pentagon, you should plan to use the Metro rail.
  • You must present your confirmation e-mail, and valid, current, government-issued, picture identification.
  • Many items are prohibited, its best to leave everything at your hotel. Even items that aren't prohibited will delay the security screening process considerably.
  • Photography is forbidden both inside and outside the Pentagon.
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