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 »
Temporary Visitor Center / Ellipse Visitor Pavilion Complex
Located inside the temporary visitory center is an information desk, a 30-minute movie on the White House, Where History Lives, and a White House Historical Association gift shop. All are accessible.
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?
A man of few words, a dinner guest made a bet that she could get him to say more than two words. When she told the president of her wager, he replied, "You lose." President Coolidge was known as "Silent Cal".