White House Visitor Center Rehabilitation and Closure Information
The White House Visitor Center is closed for rehabilitation. A temporary visitor center is located near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, just west of the intersection of 15th and E streets, NW.
White House Fence Restoration and Sidewalk Closure
The National Park Service is restoring the White House fence along Pennsylvania Avenue, portions of which are believed to date back to 1818. During this restoration work, sections of the White House sidewalk will be temporarily closed for public safety. More »
COURTESY DAR MUSEUM
The 2014 Junior Historian Camp
Looking for something to do this summer?
In partnership with the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum and the Octagon House, President's Park is hosting a week long Junior Historian Camp focusing on history, preservation, and conservation. During the camp, participants will have the opportunity to take field trips to local history sites, create a 19th century "Newscast," dig a mock excavation, and much more.
The Junior Historian Camp begins on Monday, July 14 and concludes on Friday, July 18. The program begins at 8:30 am at the DAR Museum and concludes each day back at the museum at 4:00 pm. Campers will bring their lunch with them each day, but a mid-morning snack will be provided. The DAR Museum is located at 1776 D Street, NW.
The camp is intended for children in grades 4 to 8 (ages 9-12). The camp fee is $300 payable to the DAR Museum upon registration.
Become a President's Park Junior Ranger
Children of all ages, but those specifically from ages six to twelve, can have fun, learn about the park, and earn their junior ranger badge. Either ask for a copy of the President's Park junior ranger book at the information desk in the White House Visitor Center, or download a copy of the President's Park junior ranger book (PDF).
Next, follow the instructions in the book to complete the required activities, and then present your book to a ranger at the White House Visitor Center to be sworn in and to receive your badge and certificate. A helpful hint: be ready to share with the ranger all you have learned and be able to discuss your favorite president!
Become a White House Junior Ranger
Children of all ages who obtain a White House tour are also able to be come White House junior rangers. Be sure to ask Ranger who greets you on the tour line for a book, or download the White House junior ranger book (PDF) ahead of time to get a head start. After your tour and when you have finished completing the book, bring it back to the White House Visitor Center to get your badge and certificate. A helpful hint: be ready to share what you liked most about the visiting the President's house!
Get Your National Parks Passport Stamped
Stop at the White House Visitor Center information desk to have your NPS passport book stamped. For more information about the passport program, visit the Passport To Your National Parks webpage.
Did You Know?
In Ellicott's Mills, Maryland, President Andrew Jackson boards a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad train for a pleasure trip to Baltimore in 1833. Jackson, who had never been on a train before, was the first president to take a ride on the "Iron Horse," as locomotives were known then.