White House Tours canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013
We regret to inform you that White House Tours are canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013, until further notice. For updates regarding this situation, please contact the White House Visitors Office 24 hour hotline at (202) 456-7041.
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.
A public gathering permit is required to conduct organized activities within President's Park. Activities such as First Amendment demonstrations, special events with 25 or more participants, and events that require any type of set up must have a permit. Permits are also required for any commercial filming and/or photography.
Applications for permits may be requested by phone, mail, or in person at the following office:
Completed permit applications should be returned to the Office of Permits Management.
Before any permit is issued, the applicant may be asked to attend a logistical meeting with the National Park Service to go over their application. For special events that take place on parkland, the permittee may be required to post a bond to cover any unbudgeted costs as well as any damages that might occur to park resources. In addition, the permittee is required to provide liability insurance naming the National Park Service as an additional insuree. The permittee may also be required to reimburse US Park Police for any police costs associated with the special event as well.
All questions concerning the permit process should be directed to the Office of Permits Management.
Did You Know?
Chester A. Arthur was nicknamed "Elegant Arthur" because of his "dandy" dressing. He changed clothes for every occasion at the White House. President Arthur was reported to own eighty pairs of trousers.