The President of the United States lives in a National Park

Every president except George Washington has called the White House and its surrounding grounds his place of work, rest, and solitude. Recognizable the world around, the White House stands as a symbol of democracy. The White House and its park grounds serve not only as the seat of the executive branch of government of the United States of America, but also as an iconic place for civil discourse.


The north side of the White House

How do I tour the White House?

The White House Tour must be scheduled through one's member of Congress or embassy. Reservations are accepted up to six months in advance.

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White House Visitor Center

The renovated White House Visitor Center is open daily 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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Be a Part of President’s Park - Volunteer!

From special events, to adopting park places and working the information desk, volunteers and interns support the park in a number of ways. Join us!

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Youth Programs at President's Park

Looking for something to do this summer? Learn more about volunteer and paid summer opportunities at President's Park with the National Park Service.

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White HOuse Visitor Center entrance

Explore President’s Park

Take a walk through the park and learn more about the people and places that make Lafayette Square, the White House, and the Ellipse special.

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