How to Tour the White House
The White House is always closed to tours on
Tours of the White House have been opened to school groups. School groups are defined as students in grades 4 through 12 and who are enrolled in the same school or school district. School group requests may be submitted through one's Member of Congress. These self-guided school group tours will be scheduled from 7:45 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The White House is open for tours in the morning, Tuesday through Saturday, and is closed every Sunday and Monday. All White House tours are free.
All tours are significantly enhanced if visitors stop by the White House Visitor Center before or after their tour. The Center is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and features many aspects of the White House, including its architecture, furnishings, first families, social events, relations with the press and world leaders, as well as a thirty-minute video. Allow between 20 minutes to 1 1/2 hours to explore the exhibits. The White House Historical Association also sponsors a sales area. Please note that restrooms are available, but food service is not.
Mobility-Impaired / Using a Wheelchair
General Tour Information
On-street parking is not available near the White House, and use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. The closest Metrorail stations to the White House (southeast corner of 15th and E Streets) are Federal Triangle (blue and orange lines), Metro Center (blue, orange, and red lines) and McPherson Square (blue and orange lines).
Public telephones and restrooms are not available at the White House; the nearest ones are in the Ellipse Visitor Pavillion (the park area south of the White House), and in the White House Visitor Center.