How to Tour the White House

The White House is a must-see for any visitor to the nation’s capital. Tours take visitors through the East Wing, which includes much of the home’s entertaining space. You’ll see, among other rooms, the State Dining Room; the Red, Blue and Green Rooms; and the China Room, which houses historic pieces of china. The tour, which typically takes about 30 minutes, is self-guided with docents in each room.

Tours of the White House are available in advance through your member of Congress. Tours are arranged for groups of 10 or more; smaller groups and families should request to join a tour. Submit a request through your congressional office up to six months in advance and no fewer than 21 days in advance. Visitors who are not U.S. citizens should contact their embassy in DC.

The tours run from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (excluding federal holidays unless otherwise noted). You will need a government-issued ID to enter the White House on the day of your tour. International visitors must present their passports. The White House firmly restricts items that visitors can take with them during their tour, including cameras, handbags, bookbags, food/drink and strollers. For more information, visit the White House website or call the White House Visitors Center at (202) 456-7041. You can locate your Representative’s office by visiting house.gov.

entrancehallThe adjacent White House Visitor Center reopened in September 2014. The visitor center underwent a $12.6 million transformation and is now an interactive and engaging experience for visitors. The new center also includes over 90 White House artifacts–many of which have never been on display before.

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