• 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 »

  • 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.

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.

White House Tours
Temporary Visitor Center / Ellipse Visitor Pavilion Complex


White House
White House Tours
Tours of the White House take place during the following times:
  • Tuesdays to Thursdays, 7:30 am - 11 am
  • Fridays, 7:30 am - 12 noon
  • Saturdays, 7:30 am - 1 pm
Advanced registration is required. 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.

Ellipse Visitor Pavilion
Temporary Visitor Center / 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 temporary visitor center there is an information desk, a 30-minute movie on the White House, Where History Lives, and a White House Historical Association gift shop.

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



Did You Know?

White House Visitor Center Opening Ceremony, March 1995

On March 13, 1995, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton officially cut the ribbon with assistance of National Park Service Director Roger G. Kennedy and National Park Service, National Capital Region Director, Robert Stanton to open the new White House Visitor Center.