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.
The White House Visitor Center is open 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily (except January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25). Admission is free. The visitor center underwent a $12.6 million transormation and now provides a modern and engaging experience for visitors, including interactive touchscreen tours as well as more than 90 White House artifacts--many of which have never been on display before.
To learn more, read our guide to Visiting the White House.
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