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.
White House Tours
Answers to Common Questions About White House Tours
1. When are the White House Tours?
Public tours of the White House are available. These self-guided tours are generally available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fridays, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturdays (excluding federal holidays). Hours and availability are always subject to change.
2. How can I arrange a White House tour?
Tours of the White House are only available by advance registration.
3. Where do White House Tours begin?
The tour entrance to the White House complex is located at the corner of 15th Street and Alexander Hamilton Place, NW.
Look for uniformed National Park Service Rangers and volunteers to assist you.
Limited bus parking is available on 15th Street across from the Department of Commerce. Please carefully check posted street signs for parking restrictions.
4. Should I arrive early?
Individuals or groups with reserved tours should arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled tour time. Late arrivals may not be accommodated.
5. Will I need to bring a photo ID?
All visitors 18 years of age or older will be required to present a valid, government-issued photo identification (detailed below). All foreign nationals must present their passports. No other forms of foreign identification will be accepted. All information submitted (e.g. name, date of birth, city, etc.) must exactly match the government-issued photo ID you will present when arriving at the White House. Those without proper identification will not be able to go on the tour.
The following forms of photo ID are acceptable for presentation to Secret Service upon entry to the White House complex:
6. What are the prohibited items?
Certain items may not be brought on White House tours.
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following: handbags, book bags, backpacks, purses, food and beverages of any kind, strollers, cameras, video recorders or any type of recording device, tobacco products, personal grooming items (make-up, hair brush or comb, lip or hand lotions, etc.), any pointed objects (pens, knitting needles, etc.), aerosol containers, guns, ammunition, fireworks, electric stun guns, mace, martial arts weapons/devices, or knives of any size.
The United States Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items.
Umbrellas, wallets, cell phones and car keys are permitted.
Please note that no storage facilities are available in or around the White House or the White House Visitor Center. Individuals who arrive with prohibited items will not be permitted to enter the White House.
7. Can I bring my medications?
Yes. All necessary medications must be identified and screened by the Secret Service.
8. Will I be screened?
All persons and items entering the White House will be screened through a security process. Individuals may be requested to consent to an interview or additional security procedures before they are admitted to the White House complex.
9. Is there a 24-hour number I can call for current information?
White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation. Visitors may call the 24-hour line at 202-456-7041 for the most current tour information.
10. Is the White House accessible?
• A limited number of wheelchairs are available for use during the tour. If you would like to use one, please ask the Secret Service officers at the Visitor's Entrance upon arrival.
• Other accommodations may be made by advance notice to the office through which the tour was booked.
• Guide animals are permitted in the White House.
11. Information for Foreign Visitors
If you wish to visit the White House and are a citizen of a foreign country, please contact your embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a tour request.
Did You Know?
The first President to ride in an automobile was William McKinley. He was shot during the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, NY. President McKinley was taken to the hospital in a 1901 Columbia electric ambulance.