• View of the White House's north side from Layfatte Park

    President's Park (White House)

    District of Columbia

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  • 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 »


Stephen Tyng Mather
First Director of the National Park Service 

Stephen Tyng Mather
First Director of the National Park Service

The National Park System Caring for the American Legacy

"...to promote and regulate the use of the...national parks...which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

National Park Service Organic Act, 16 U.S.C.1.


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President's Park is one of nearly 400 park sites administered by the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS preserves the cultural, historic and natural legacy of America for the education, enjoyment and inspiration of future generations.

Did You Know?

James K. Polk, 11th President: 1845-1849

The first president to have his inauguration reported by telegraph. There was 4,801 words in James Polk's speech. It was also the first Inauguration to appear in a newspaper illustration (Illustrated London News).