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How To Get White House Tour Tickets

Tours are self-guided and begin at 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fridays, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturdays (excluding federal holidays)

Getting tickets to tour the White House will require some planning ahead. Once you've determined the days you will be visiting Washington DC, contact your member of Congress and request tickets to tour the White House. I would suggest contacting both of your Senators and your Representative. Some have a more diligent staff than others. Most of this is handled by interns.

1. Determine the dates you will be visiting DC.
2. Contact your Member of Congress and request tickets during the days you will be in town. Provide them with a couple of date options.
Senators here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Representatives here: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
3. When they finally get back to you, which may take months, be prepared to provide the congressional staff with your date of birth and social security number and those of anyone in your traveling party.
4. These tickets are generally not sent out until a week or two before your scheduled visit. If you haven't heard back from your Member of Congress, call their office and follow-up with a staffer. They will have a better handle on what is available by then.
5. Tours are provided to groups of 10 or more, but do not worry if your traveling party doesn't meet that requirement. Your Member of Congress will try and pair you up with other tourists who are also visiting during the same days you are.

Prohibited Items That You Cannot Take With You On Your White House Tour:

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following: handbags, book bags, backpacks, purses, food and beverages of any kind, strollers, cameras, video recorders or any type of recording device, tobacco products, personal grooming items (make-up, hair brush or comb, lip or hand lotions, etc.), any pointed objects (pens, knitting needles, etc.), aerosol containers, guns, ammunition, fireworks, electric stun guns, mace, martial arts weapons/devices, or knives of any size. The U.S. Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items. Umbrellas, wallets, cell phones and car keys are permitted.

Please note that no storage facilities are available on or around the complex. Individuals who arrive with prohibited items will not be permitted to enter the White House.

Storage Lockers Near The White House


Public tours of the White House are available. Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fridays, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturdays (excluding federal holidays). Tour hours will be extended when possible based on the official White House schedule. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to six months in advance and no less than 30 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible since a limited number of tours are available. All White House tours are free of charge. For the most current tour information, please call the 24-hour line at 202-456-7041. Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.

If you wish to visit the White House and are a citizen of a foreign country, please contact your embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a tour request.


White House Visitor Center

All tours are significantly enhanced if visitors stop by the White House Visitor Center located at the southeast corner of 15th and E Streets, 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, and relations with the press and world leaders, as well as a thirty-minute video. Allow between 20 minutes to one hour 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 / Wheelchairs

Visitors scheduled for tours who require the loan of a wheelchair should notify the officer at the Visitors Entrance upon arrival. Unfortunately, reservations are not possible. Visitors in wheelchairs, or with other mobility disabilities, use the same Visitors Entrance and are escorted by ramp from the entrance level to the Ground floor, and by the elevator from the Ground floor to the State floor.


Hearing-Impaired

Tours for hearing-impaired groups of ten or more may be requested through one’s Member of Congress. The Visitors Office TDD (telephone device for the deaf) is 202-456-2121.
Visually-Impaired

Tours for visually-impaired groups of ten or more may be requested through one’s Member of Congress. Guide animals are permitted in the White House.
General Tour Information

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.



Parking And Transportation Near the White House

The closest Metrorail 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). On-street parking is not available near the White House, and use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.
Restrooms/Public telephones

The nearest restrooms and public telephones to the White House are in the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion (the park area south of the White House) and in the White House Visitor Center. Restrooms or public telephones are not available at the White House.

 

Q and A about White House Tour Tickets

Question:
Hi. I just want to know the proper procedure to get white house tour Tickets (2) for international visitors from Mexico City.
I`m planning to visit washington dc on May 4th to May 7.
Thank You
Carlos

Answer:
Contact your ambassador.
US citizens are advised to apply for tickets six months in advance.
Good luck.
Ed


Question:
Please direct me how can I request White House tickets, please send me the form or link and the respresentative/senator, i can submit my request, the goverment site is too confuse.  I have try for an hour and unable to complete the form.   thank you.

Answer:
Contact your Federal Representative or Senators. They recommend 6 months before visit. But, you never know.
Regards,
Ed


Question:
good morning my friend and i are visiting washington from england on the 6th april 2017 to 11th april we are two old ladies ha ha this visit
is are dearest wish i hope you can help us get tickets to visit the white house a big thankyou

Answer:
You have to contact either your Representative or your Senator in order to get tickets. Do it soon. They recommend six months ahead of visit but there is always a chance.
Regards
Ed


Question:
We are a group of 6 adults who would like to tour the White House together but we live in different states. Is there any way to coordinate our congressional requests for tickets other than just asking for the same date?
Thank you.
Robert

Answer:
Good question. Maybe, if you explained the situation to one representative, he/she could get all six tickets?
Regards,
Ed


Question:
My daughter and I are visiting Washington on 3rd & 4th June, 2016 and we would like to know how to purchase tickets for the White House tour please.  Regards Julie D.

Answer:
While tickets to the White House are free, you need to get them from your Federal Senator or Representative. They recommend that you do that six months before your visit but it wouldn't hurt to ask. I don't know what a person from another country would do but, it is probably much harder.
Sorry,
Ed


Question:
Dear Ma'am / Sir,
I'm a Greek Naval Officer currently serving the US NAVY under a Personnel Exchange Program and I'm willing to visit the White House with my family. Is that feasible? And if so what can I do for?
                          Very Respectfully
             LCDR C. N. H.N.

Answer:
I wish I could help you but I can't. US citizens have to get their tickets from their elected representative and they have to do it 6 months before they visit.
I have no idea what you can do.
Regards,
Ed


Question:
Is there some place public I can see when the White House is closed for tours.  I found out they were closed for a specific time during the month of August & I wanted to review the dates again & see if there has been any changes.  Thanks.

Answer:
Check with your Senator or Representative. They have unpaid interns that are there just for this type of question. They will know. It will be a relief not to have to answer a constituents question about where the politician stands on an issue. They do not stand. They tap dance.
Ed


Question:
We would like to  tour the white house there are  6 of us.

Answer:
Please note that, while we would like to help you get tickets for the White House, we CAN'T.
You get White House tickets from your Federal Representative or from one of your Federal Senators.
They recommend that you apply six months before your visit. But, you can still ask anyhow.
Regards,
Ed


Question:
I would like a tour of the White House.
please send application for me and my granddaughter. We plan to visit in July.

Answer:
Contact either your Federal Representative or one of your Federal Senators. You can only get tickets from them.
They recommend that you apply six months before your visit but you might get lucky.
Regards,
Ed


Question:
I work for a VP with 15 years with the company most in his native country of Ireland.  He and his family have recently relocated to the US to work out of our Corporate Offices.  He will be in DC in June for business and is bringing his family with him for some vacation time.  He wanted to take his family on a tour of the White House.  I understand that you need to petition ahead of time with your legislative representative, but then heard there was some restrictions on non-US citizens.  I'm hoping to get clarification on that.  Thank You, Lynn

Answer:
Sorry, but I can't help you with that.
Regards,
Ed


Question:

Our granddaughter is graduating from Georgetown University  on Saturday, May 16.
We are a family of 8 and would love to tour the White House on Friday May 15.  We realize this is late notice.  Is there any possibility?  We would be so happy!  Thank you.
Evelyn L., Kenosha, Wisconsin

Answer:
The way to get tickets is to contact your senator or representative.
You are supposed to apply six months out but, if you don't try, you have no chance at all.
Good luck.
Ed


 

 

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