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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission National Product Testing and Evaluation Center (Lab Tour), 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 20850 – Must be registered in advance.  Limited space available.  All tour participants must have a valid Photo ID (State Issued or a Passport) for entry into the CPSC facility.  Anyone not having a valid State or Country issued Photo ID will not be allowed to participate on the tour.  Bus departs from Renaissance Hotel Lobby level near the escalators to go to the ballroom level. 

Note:  For access to laboratory space, wear closed toe shoes (safety glasses and other PPE will be provided by CPSC as needed depending on the lab areas and situation).

Agency scientists and engineers work together at CPSC’s National Product Testing and Evaluation Center. Previously, they worked at the agency’s headquarters in Bethesda, MD and in nine buildings at the former laboratory site in Gaithersburg, MD. The Rockville center is a renovated, modern, scientific testing facility, while the former site in Gaithersburg was originally a military missile facility that CPSC first occupied in 1975.

CPSC secured the site for the new center in 2009. The center has 63,000 square feet of office and lab space. Lab space has increased nearly 250 percent – from just 13,000 square feet at the former lab to 32,000 square feet in the new center. New equipment, and test chambers expands CPSC’s in-house testing capabilities. 

Special “green” efforts were made, including diverting more than 50 percent of the construction waste away from landfills, adding efficient plumbing to reduce potable water use by 35 percent and using 95 percent of recycled wood cabinetry from the existing lab. 

 Tour #  Date  Bus Boarding  CPSC Lab Tour Bus Returns to Hotel 
Monday Tour #1   February 25  morning  morning Lunch Time
 Monday Tour #2  February 25  Mid-Morning  Lunch Time  Mid-Afternoon
 Monday Tour #3  February 25  Early Afternoon  Mid-Afternoon Late Afternoon

 *** Please note all tours are fully booked.***

Monday, February 25, 2019 6:30 PM

The magical feeling of this illuminated city will give you an entirely new perspective of the nation's capital.

Washington is resplendent at night when the monuments shine in the darkness. See the Smithsonian Museums, specifically the Castle, shine with a divine silhouette against the evening sky. From this vantage point the beautifully lit Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol Building offer incredible photo opportunities. The Jefferson Memorial is a grand homage to the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and one of our founding fathers.

Next, guests will have the chance to view the National World War II Memorial, which pays tribute to those who served in the “last great war.” Stroll through the National Mall to visit the Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Veterans Memorials. The Lincoln Memorial is magnificent at night, shimmering in the National Reflecting Pool. See the black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial glow and reflect the etched names of over 58,000 men and women to whom it is dedicated.

**Additional Cost: $25 (you can sign up during the registration process)**


  • The White House
  • International Spy Museum
  • Georgetown
  • Washington Monument
  • National Museum of Crime and Punishment
  • Union Station


Acadiana (.3 miles) Cajun Cuisine 202.408.8848

Serving southern cuisine from the Mississippi Delta, Bayous and Gulf of Mexico, Acadiana offers exceptional Cajun and Creole dining right here in downtown Washington, DC.


Cuba Libre (.01 miles) Spanish Cuisine  202.408.1600

Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar in an open-air setting with a tropical ambiance.


Ruth’s Chris (.2 miles) Steakhouse 202.393.4488

Enjoy fine dining in Washington, DC with premium aged, corn-fed USDA Prime beef at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.


Brasserie Beck (.5 miles) French Cuisine  202.408.1717

Hip bar & restaurant featuring classics of Belgian cuisine & beer list with more than 100 varieties.


Corduroy (.3 miles) American Cuisine 202.589.0699

Upscale, farm-to-fork eatery with a seasonal New American menu, modern decor & an upstairs bar.


McCormick and Schmicks (.3 miles) Seafood 202.639.9330

Upscale steak & seafood chain known for its clubby environs & happy hour.