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FBI Education Center

FBI Education Center

The FBI tour was the public face of the FBI since 1937 when FBI Headquarters was located in the Department of Justice building. In 1975, the J. Edgar Hoover building was opened to house Headquarters and the tour became a significant component of the new building. Following the events of September 11, 2001, the tour was closed due to security risks, as well as associated costs, and has remained so for nearly 10 years.

In 2008, multiple divisions across the Bureau joined forces to convert the “tour” to create a modern education center to educate new employees and our numerous partners (local, state, tribal, and international law enforcement, federal agencies, Congress and others) with an understanding of the Bureau and its unique national security and law enforcement mission. The new Education Center would give visitors a rare inside look into the FBI’s vital role in protecting the United States and Americans overseas from those who would do us harm.

On August 25, 2014, the FBI launched a partner-public pilot program that opens the FBI Education Center to the public to tell our story through an historical perspective, and outline our many capabilities and future direction. During this pilot program, the public can request a visit to The Education Center by writing and arranging the visit through their respective Congressional office.

The Education Center is open Monday through Thursday during normal business hours.

The FBI requires 3 to 4 weeks advance notice from Congressional offices prior to your visit. The visit itself will take two hours and you should arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled visit.