White House Tour
Please read important guidelines below for White House Tours.
Further Information on White House Tours
Congressional Tours may be scheduled through the office of a Member of Congress. District of Columbia residents may request tours through Congresswoman Norton's office. White House tours are offered on Tuesday through Saturday, excluding federal holidays, and all tours are subject to cancellations. Tour times vary throughout the week: on Tuesday through Thursday tours will be offered from 7:30am to 11:00am, on Friday tours will be offered from 7:30am to 12:00pm, and on Saturday tours will be offered from 7:30am to 1:00pm.
In order to place a request for a White House tour, all groups must have 10 or more people. For all groups smaller than 10, they'll be attached to larger groups. The White House accepts requests up to six months in advance, but at least 28 days in advance; and all tours are granted on a first come, first serve basis. Last minute tour requests will no longer be accepted within 2 weeks of the requested tour date(s).
All are welcomed to visit the White House Visitors Center located in the Department of Commerce building at 15th and E Street, NW. The Visitors Center is open seven days a week from 7:30 to 4:00pm. For more information, you may contact the Visitors Office 24 hour hotline at (202) 456-7041.
These items are prohibited inside the White House: mace and pepper spray, aerosol containers and non-aerosol spray, oversized duffle bags, backpacks, suitcases, cans and bottles, knives of any size, razors and box cutters. The only permittable items include identification, keys, and cellphones. Also, there are no storage facilities inside the White House for any extra materials.
*With the election of President Obama, there's a resurgence in requests for White House tours amongst DC residents, so its very important to place tour requests several months in advance in order to have a likely chance of securing a tour on your requested tour dates.*