1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500
Operating Season: Year ‘Round (closed Federal Holidays)
The White House has been the official residence of the President of the United States since 1800. With over 1.5 million visitors a year, the White House has entertained countless leaders and dignitaries and is a museum of American history.
The White House Visitors Office is responsible for all public tours however, all tour requests must be submitted through one’s Member of Congress up to six months in advance (no less than 21 days in advance). If you are a citizen of a foreign country, contact your embassy in Washington, DC.
You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible because tour spots are limited. Along with your request, you will need to submit a list containing the name, date of birth, and social security number of every individual in your group (children 14 and under do not have to provide their social security number). When we planned our family reunion trip to The White House, we started collecting the necessary information nine month’s in advance (we didn’t submit the information to our Congressman until one month before our requested date).
All tour guests are required to present a valid form of identification (government-issued photo ID) and submit to a security check. Click here for a list of prohibited items (which includes purses, strollers, and cameras). Visitors requiring a wheelchair should notify the officer at the Visitors Entrance upon arrival (reservations are not possible).
We had about 75 people in our reunion group, so it took about 2 1/2 hours to go through the check-in / security process, tour The White House, take some group photos in front of The White House, and get back to the tour bus.
All of our family members loved The White House tour and one of our elderly members got to meet (and pet) Bo – The White House dog!
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