As one of the most iconic landmarks in America, the White House has served as home and office to U.S. Presidents since it welcomed Thomas Jefferson and the first Presidential family in 1801. The landmark building was designed by the celebrated Irish architect, James Hoban, with construction beginning in 1792. Designed in a neoclassical architectural style, the majestic home includes three levels of living quarters, recreational facilities, office spaces, and gardens. The mansion is open to public tours and hosts over 1,250,000 visitors from around the world each year. Situated in the heart of the nation's capital, the White House has become a symbolic representation of the United States and is one of the most visited attractions in Washington, DC.
Prices - Free but advanced reservations are required. Visit the website for details.
Tours are offered from 7:30am-11:30am, Tuesday-Thursday; 7:30am-1:30pm, Friday & Saturday. Closed on Sunday and Federal holidays.
White House Easter Egg Roll
National Christmas Tree lighting
Annual Science Fair
Guided House Tours
Holiday House Tours
What can I bring on my tour of the White House?
Visitors over age 18 must have valid, government-issued photo ID to enter. They can bring wallets, keys, and umbrellas. Smart phones and compact cameras are allowed for taking still photos only. Video cameras are not permitted and visitors may not use their cell phones (except for taking photos) during their tour. The White House does not offer any storage facilities, so don't bring any purses, backpacks, strollers, or other baggage.
What Rooms does the Tour take you through?
Public tours take visitors on a self-guided journey in select areas of the East Wing and the Residence. On the Ground Floor, visitors will travel through the East Garden Room, the Library, the Center Hall, the China Room, and the Vermeil Room. On the State Floor, visitors can see the Entrance Hall, the State Dining Room, the Cross Hall, the Red Room, the Old Family Dining Room, the Green Room, the Blue Room, and the East Room.