Situated in the heart of Washington, DC at the site of America's most famous address, the White House is the iconic home to U.S. Presidents and one of the city's most visited attractions. Constructed between 1792 and 1800, this landmark building was designed by renowned Irish architect, James Hoban, and has become a symbolic representation of the United States since it opened. Housing living quarters, recreational facilities, office spaces, and gardens, the White House features three levels, 11 bays, a distinguished portico, and a stylish neoclassical design. As one of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC, the White House hosts more than 1,250,000 visitors from around the world each year.
Open for tours from 7:30am-11:30am, Tuesday-Thursday; 7:30am-1:30pm, Friday & Saturday. Closed on Sunday and Federal holidays.
National Christmas Tree lighting
Easter Egg Roll
White House Science Fair
Guided house tours
Kitchen garden tours
what items are prohibited from bringing into the White House?
Many items are not allowed at the White House and there are no storage facilities available. Prohibited items include video recorders, handbags, book bags, backpacks, purses, food and beverages, tobacco products, personal grooming items (makeup, lotion, etc.), strollers, guns, ammunition, fireworks, electric stun guns, mace, martial arts weapons/devices, and knives. Umbrellas, wallets, car keys, and cell phones are allowed but guests are not permitted to use cell phones inside the White House.
what forms of identification are needed to tour the White House?
All guests 18 years and older are required to present a valid, government-issued photo identification (driver's license, passport, military ID, etc.). All foreign nationals must present their passport - all other forms of foreign identification will not be accepted. Photocopies and expired IDs are not valid.