Public tours of the White House are available for groups of 10 or more people. Requests must be submitted through your Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance. The self-guided tours are available from 7:30am to 10am Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays), and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis approximately one month in advance of the requested date. All visitors should call the 24-hour Visitors Office information line at 202.456.7041 to determine if any last minute changes or cancellations have been made.
Visitors can also stop by the White House Visitor Center, located at the southeast corner of 15th and E Streets, before or after their tour (or instead of a tour!). The Center features many aspects of the White House, including its architecture, furnishings, first families, social events, and relations with the press and world leaders, as well as a continuously running, 30-minute video. There is a gift shop and restrooms, but no dining facilities.
The annual White House Easter Egg Roll is held the Monday after Easter, but tickets are distributed over a month in advance in an online lottery. Start checking the White House website early if you don't want to miss the date!
You can bring almost nothing into the White House - purses, backpacks, strollers, etc. - and there are no storage facilities, so plan ahead.
The Visitors' Center is in the Department of Commerce's Herbert Hoover Building (1450 Pennsylvania Avenue). Metro stop is Federal Triangle, McPherson Square, Farragut North or Farragut West.
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