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White House Tour Information

White House Tour Information

Summary of key informative points:

  • Public tour requests must be made through your member of Congress (find your member of Congress and contact information here) and submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days prior to your visit.
  • Tours are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All White House tours are free.
  • Self-guided tours run from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays unless otherwise noted.
  • Visitors Office 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041.
  • All guests over 18 years old will be required to present a valid, government-issued photo ID upon check-in.
  • It is important to note that security at the White House is extremely high. Please bring as little as possible (avoid backpacks, food, large handbags, bottled water, etc.).
  • Note that smartphones and compact cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches are permitted on the public tour route, but video recording devices and flash photography are not allowed inside the White House.
  • There are no restrooms available at the White House.
  • The closest Metro stations to the White House are Federal Triangle (Blue and Orange lines), Metro Center (Blue, Orange and Red lines) and McPherson Square (Blue and Orange lines).
  • All visitors should call the 24-hour Visitors Office information line at 202-456-7041 to determine if any last minute changes have been made in the tour schedule.
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