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Public Tours of the Treasury Building

The Treasury Historical Association has assisted the Department of the Treasury in its public tour program, both by providing valuable historic items for display in the restored rooms on the tour route and by assisting in the training of docents who guide the tours.

The United States Treasury Building is one of Washington's best kept secrets. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1972, the Treasury Building is one of our nation's most significant monuments. A magnificent granite structure in the Greek Revival style, it was constructed over a period of 33 years, between 1836 and 1869.

The Treasury Building is the oldest departmental building in Washington. It has had a great impact the design of other government buildings. At the time of its completion, it was one of the largest office buildings in the world.

The Department of the Treasury offers free 60-minute tours of the Treasury Building, conducted by volunteer docents. The tours are available most Saturday mornings, at 9:00, 9:45, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. Advance reservations through your Congressional member's office are a "must." Security clearance must be granted by the U.S. Secret Service for all visitors, therefore full names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers are required for all visitors at time of registration. All visitors aged 16 and over must show a photo identification for entry into the Building. Special arrangements must be made in advance for visitors in wheelchairs, so that accommodations may be made for entry to the building through a ramped entrance.

To learn more about tours of the Treasury Building, visit the Department's web site where you can preview some of the historically restored rooms that are seen by visitors on the Saturday free public tours.