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 »
Construction Project Affecting the White House Sidewalk
Due to a construction project, a portion of both the White House sidewalk and Pennsylvania Avenue near East Executive Avenue will be closed until April 2015.
White House Visitor Center Rehabilitation
The remodeled visitor center is designed with a strong focus on accessibility for all visitors. The project team worked closely with the National Center for Accessibility to achieve a fully accessible experience.
All new interactive and tactile exhibits offer visitors a greater chance to find their connection to the President's House. Fore example, visitors will be able to touch tactile maps, pieces of stone used to construct the White House, and replicas of significant objects like the North Portico door knob . Visitors with vision or hearing impairments may request equipment at the information desk to experience the comprehensive audio tour for the museum's exhibits and interactive elements (all film and audio components are open-captioned).
Ellipse Visitor Pavilion Complex
The Ellipse Visitor Pavilion has a concessions stand, accessible restrooms, water fountains, and an information desk. Visitors may access the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion by stairs or an at-grade entrance on the western side.
Please note that there is no parking available in this area.
White House Tours
Public tours of the White House are available. Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress or embassy and are accepted up to six months in advance. For more information, visit the White House Tours page.
If you would like to request a wheelchair for use during your tour, please notify a US Secret Service officer upon your arrival. Visitors may also use their own wheelchairs or other mobility devices. These devices may be inspected by the US Secret Service before visitors begin the tour. Other accommodations may be available with advance notice to the office through which the White House tour was arranged.
Please note that there are restrictions on the types of items that may be brought into the White House during tours. For a basic list, please review the White House's Tours & Events page.
The National Park Service provides a wheelchair on loan free-of-charge on a first-come, first-served basis for a maximum of two hours at the Lincoln Memorial, Ford's Theatre, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and other parks. You will be asked to leave a driver's license as security. Please ask a park ranger for assistance.
Did You Know?
Woodrow Wilson was the first president to have earned a Ph.D. in 1886. He received a degree in political science at Johns Hopkins University.