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.
Things To Know Before You Come
President's Park is an urban park located in the middle of one of the country's largest metropolitan areas. Washington, DC is a walking city. When visiting be prepared to walk to many of the places you want to visit. For your safety, please use crosswalks and obey crossing signals. Before or after your walk, stop at the White House Visitor Center to see the exhibits and video on the White House and its history.
Observe park wildlife such as gray squirrels, migratory birds, and the occasional red-tailed hawk or bald eagle. For your safety, please do not feed the squirrels. They will bite.
The closest Metrorail stations to the White House are Federal Triangle (blue and orange lines) and Metro Center (red, blue and orange lines). Because on-street parking is limited, we strongly encourage you to use public transportation.
Public tours of the White House are available free of charge for individuals or groups. 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.
The closest hospital is approximately eight blocks from the White House Visitor Center. George Washington University Hospital is located on 901 23rd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037 or call 202-715-4000.
Did You Know?
During the American Civil War, the grounds of the Ellipse and incomplete Washington Monument were used as corrals for horses, mules, and cattle, also camp sites for Union Troops.