White House Tours canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013
We regret to inform you that White House Tours are canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013, until further notice. For updates regarding this situation, please contact the White House Visitors Office 24 hour hotline at (202) 456-7041.
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.
President's Park offers students and educators a number of opportunities to explore the political and cultural history of the United States of America. As a home, an office, and a showplace for American craftsmanship, the White House mirrors and magnifies broad social trends. It is also a popular location for individuals and causes to petition the government, a hallmark of the American democratic experiment. President's Park staff and park partners offer several school programs to help students better understand the symbolic and political role of the White House. For more information on these student programs, please click Plan a Field Trip.
President's Park also welcomes teachers from across the country to workshops held on a variety of topics. Educators interested in learning more about currently available teacher programs should visit our Teacher Workshops page.
To inquire about availability of either a student program or teacher workshop, please e-mail your request or contact an education team member at 202-208-1631. Please note that enrolling in or inquiring about an education program at President's Park is unrelated to making arrangements to tour the White House.
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The Teaching with Historic Places program uses the idea of "place" to help students tackle topics in history, civics, social studies, geography, and other areas.
Linking Title 1 school districts with local park units, the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program offers teachers the ability to work (and sometimes live) in a national park. Teachers support park staff and develop programs based on their interests and park needs.
Whether you visit us here in Washington, DC or visit us only online, we hope you will explore the many opportunities to use your national park system in the classroom.
Did You Know?
The tradition of playing "Hail to the Chief" whenever a president appeared at a state function was started by President John Tyler’s second wife, Julia.