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.
History & Culture
People, Places, and Stories of the White House and President's Park
I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am a living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father's child has.
Within the approximately 82 acres of President's Park are countless opportunities to learn more about the history and culture of the United States. Together, the people, places, and stories of the park speak of the rise and growth of American democracy, landscape design, technology, and other broad themes.
Explore a growing collection of information on life in the White House, Washington, DC, and the presidency. If you are interested in a history of the National Christmas Tree and the associated celebrations of Christmastime, you'll find a great deal of detailed information under the Stories section at left.
Did You Know?
Franklin Pierce was the first president to introduce the Christmas tree to the White House in 1856 for a group of Washington Sunday School children.