September 23, 2014 Washington DC 8:20 AM


VOA Studio Tour

VOA's Independence Ave Entrance
VOA's Independence Ave Entrance


The Voice of America Studio Tour is a behind-the-scenes look at live broadcasting in radio, television, and the Internet in several of our 45 languages. Tours are guided with audio and video features, and last 45 minutes.


Planning Your Visit

Hours
Available Tour Times: 12 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays)
Doors open 15 minutes before tour time.
 
Address
330 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C.  20237
 
Admission
Free
 
Reservations
Reservations (recommended) can be made online or by phone (202) 203-4990.

Commercial Tour Companies:
To find out how to include VOA in your tour route,
please call (202) 203-4959 or e-mail us (tickets@voanews.com).

Language
Tours are conducted in English.  A special kid's version of the tour is also available for families and school groups upon request.


Children
Recommended for children 7 and above;
For school groups grades 5 and up

Groups
Call to arrange for groups of 5 or more (202) 203-4990.
Groups are limited to 20 people. 
 
Accessible
When making reservations, please indicate if wheelchair or other assistance is required.

Parking
Public lots located nearby


Metro
L'Enfant Plaza Metro (Yellow, Green, Blue, and Orange lines)
Take the 7th Street/Maryland Ave. exit and walk east to VOA's entrance on Independence Avenue, between 3rd and 4th Streets.
 
Federal Center Southwest Metro (Blue & Orange lines)
Exit onto 3rd Street, turn left and walk three blocks to Independence Avenue. Turn left onto Independence. VOA's entrance is in the middle of the block, between 3rd and 4th Streets.

Security Screening
All bags and visitors will be screened. Visitors should plan to arrive 10 minutes before their scheduled tour. Avoid bringing unnecessary belongings. Weapons and sharp objects are prohibited.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires visitors and guests entering all federal facilities, including the VOA building, to present a valid US federal or state-issued picture ID, such as a driver's license, passport or state-issued ID. A non-US citizen is required to provide their passport. The building guards cannot accept other documents or waive these requirements.

Feedback

  • "It was great seeing one of the biggest newsrooms in the world and also seeing the Albanian Service whom I've been watching on TV my whole life. Thank you VOA for this opportunity." Gentiana, Kosovo

  • "I listened to VOA as a teenager in the Soviet Union in the late 70's. It was a porthole into a different world, a different way of thinking. It was exciting for me to see the actual place where those programs had been produced. Thank you very much." Yena, Russia

  • "The studio tour was extremely informative and most professionally done. The tour is modern, well-organized, and efficient. The range of languages used to communicate with the world is amazing. Keep up the good work!" Carrol, Maryland, USA

  • "I enjoyed bringing my university interns here in Washington, DC on a very educational tour. Thank you VOA for what you do for the citizens of our world." Stephanie, Kansas, USA

  • "Thanks for the tour. This was a lot of fun, an interesting insight into a complex process."Jonathan, United States

  • "The VOA tour was an unforgettable experience and taught me how to be a professional reporter and a broadcaster. Thanks for the visit." Jose Panama City, Panama

Where We Are

Historic Murals @ VOA



VOA’s headquarters is home to a series of historic murals commissioned by the U.S. government to depict the Social Security Act and other New Deal programs enacted in response to the Great Depression.  Lithuanian-born artist Ben Shahn was selected in 1940 to paint the most prominent of the murals.  The art is part of the VOA Studio Tour.