The Brazilian Federal Senate offers, in partnership with the Chamber of Deputies, an integrated service of guided tours of the National Congress Palace.
Visits take place every day, including weekends and holidays, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours start and finish in the Black Hall, every half hour.
The entrance to the Black Hall is through the ramp facing the Esplanade of Ministries.
Groups are guided by trained employees of both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. While visiting the main areas of the Congress building, tourists are given information about the architecture of the Palace as well as the history, role, structure, and functioning of the Legislative Branch in Brazil.
Individual visitors or small groups do not need to book in advance. Upon arrival at the Black Hall, just wait for the next guided tour to begin.
Groups of fifteen or more participants must book their visit at the Institutional Visits Section of the House of Representatives.
Scheduling is also recommended for groups of any size with specific needs. These include people with disabilities, tours in languages other than Portuguese (prior confirmation required) and visits of dignitaries.
Visits are free of charge. Only in exceptional cases is access to one or both Houses interrupted momentarily. Visits resume as soon as possible.
On days when there are Parliamentarians working in one or in both institutions, a dress code is observed, in accordance to internal regulations. Visitors are not permitted to wear sleeveless blouses or T-shirts, shorts or Bermuda shorts, Capri pants, mini-skirts or mini-dresses, or slippers. These rules are not applicable to children under 12.
For more information, please call (61) 3303-4671 or 3303-1581, Mondays to Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, please call
(61)3216-1768 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.