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.
Support Your Park
There are several ways in which you can support President's Park and other National Park Service sites by volunteering your time, purchasing a book at the museum shop or applying for a National Parks Pass.
Volunteering at President's Park
Volunteers at President's Park primarily help visitors learn more about the White House, Washington, DC, and the park in general in a wide variety of ways. Our volunteers staff the park visitor center, give presentations to visitors, design costumed interpretation programs ("living history"), and welcome visitors to White House tours. There are always opportunities for volunteers to help with special projects by taking photographs of the park, providing research assistance, or even producing content for the park website. Special event volunteers support large events at the park, acting as ushers or providing other assistance to ensure visitor safety. Follow the links at left to learn more about volunteering at the park.
White House Visitor Center Gift Shop
The White House Historical Association (WHHA) offers visitors publications and other materials on the history of the White House. The WHHA operates gift shops within the White House Visitor Center; at 740 Jackson Place, NW; at 1610 H Street, NW; and online.
Recorded general information about the gift shop at the White House Visitor Center is available by calling 202-208-7031.
America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
This nationwide, interagency pass is valid at parks and other federal lands that charge fees and will cover or reduce most fees. Like most parks in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, President's Park does not charge an entrance fee; however, purchasing the pass supports all parks and federal recreational areas throughout the country. The pass is available for purchase online or in person at some federal facilities. More information is available from the USGS online store or by calling 1-888-ASK-USGS and then pressing 1.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Did You Know?
British soldiers set fire to the White House during the War of 1812. Almost everything inside was destroyed. James Madison hired James Hoban to rebuild the house using the original walls, which were still standing. It reopened in 1817 when James Monroe moved in.