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

    President's Park (White House)

    District of Columbia

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Operating Hours & Seasons

Visitor Center

The grounds of President's Park are open year-round. At times, certain park areas may be closed on a temporary basis at the request of the US Secret Service to ensure necessary security and safety for the adjacent White House complex, its occupants, and the public. Operating hours and seasons for specific park buildings and events are listed below.


A ramp curves gently downward to a large room with museum exhibits and an information desk.

The White House Visitor Center was renovated from 2012 to 2014. The upgrades include interactive multimedia exhibits, accessible design, and a collection of more than 90 White House artifacts.

White House Historical Association

White House Visitor Center

Located at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in the Department of Commerce Building.

Open daily from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1.


White House Tours
Tours of the White House take place during the following times:
  • Tuesdays to Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Fridays, 7:30 a.m. - 12 noon
  • Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Advance registration is required. Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress or embassy and are accepted up to six months in advance.

Ellipse Visitor Pavilion
Ellipse Visitor Pavilion Complex
  • Located just west of the corner of 15th and E Streets, NW
  • Open daily from 7:30 am to 4 pm
  • Closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1

Inside the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion is a concession stand, restrooms, water fountains, and an information desk.

Did You Know?

George Washington

In 1790 George Washington selected a ridge overlooking the Potomac River as the site for the President's House. Known today as President's Park, this was the first land acquired for the District of Columbia.