Tours of the White House are available by advance arrangement through your member of Congress. Tours are arranged for groups of 10 or more; smaller groups and families should request to join a tour. You should submit a request through your congressional office up to six months in advance and no fewer than 21 days in advance. Visitors who are not U.S. citizens should contact their embassy in DC.
The tours are self-guided and run from 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. unitl noon on Fridays, and 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays (excluding federal holidays unless otherwise noted). You will need a government-issued ID to enter the White House on the day of your tour. International visitors must present their passports.
Please note: The White House Visitor Center is currently closed for renovations. It is expected to reopen in 2013 and will include new interactive exhibits, a model of the White House, a museum gallery and bookstore.
To learn more, read our guide to Visiting the White House.