How many can sit in the House of Representatives gallery?

What are the maximum allowed seatings for the USHR gallery during:

  1. A joint session of Congress.
  2. A State of the Union address.
  3. A public Presidential address.
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    Which Senate? Adding some country tags might, might help this question. Otherwise, have you tried google?
    – user7754
    Mar 1, 2017 at 0:59
  • Given the timing, could be US, even if 2017 being first post-election year there's no "state of the union" address.
    – user4012
    Mar 1, 2017 at 17:23
  • @Brythan, is the revised Q still unclear?
    – agc
    Mar 11, 2017 at 22:53
  • Though it's a government building...this doesn't really seem like a political question. More of a facilities management question.
    – user1530
    Mar 16, 2017 at 18:52
  • Related: politics.stackexchange.com/questions/9239/…. Doesn't address the number in the gallery, though.
    – Bobson
    Mar 16, 2017 at 19:56

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How many can sit in the House of Representatives gallery?

User FatBabyGiraffe on Reddit r/ask_politics provided an answer on Feb 05 2019.

How many people can the house of representatives chamber hold?

There are about 450 seats on the House floor with room for more chairs to be brought in. Gallery seating is about another 500.

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