White House Visitors Center

White House Visitors Center

White House Visitors Center
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Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Downtown
How to get there
  • Federal Triangle • 6 min walk
  • Metro Center • 7 min walk
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  • dbinhou7511
    Houston, Texas1,646 contributions
    Learn about the White House
    If you can't get a tour of the White House, this is the next best thing (even so it would give you a good starting point for a real tour). The movie was quite interesting. Didn't have enough time to see all the exhibits, but quite interesting. Lots of history surrounding the building (and of course its temporary inhabitants).
    Visited March 2023
    Written 15 May 2023
  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, United Kingdom1,339 contributions
    A good place to gain more information about The White House if you can’t get a visit
    If you are not an American citizen there is very little hope of visiting the actual White House. Even citizens have to apply to their State Senator if they want to visit? As a Brit I find this really odd. Anyone of any nationality can buy tickets to visit Buckingham Palace or tour The House of Commons here in the UK. The Visitor Centre, as other reviews state, is the next best thing. There are many artefacts and some interesting information about how the White House operates. We spent probably 1-2 hrs enjoyably meandering around the exhibits.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand3,814 contributions
    Insights into the White House!
    It's not easy to get tickets and access to the White House these days. Not like in the good old days when people could just line up and get in the same day. Unless you're among the lucky few to get tickets (best chance is by requesting through your Congressional Representative), you might enjoy the exhibits in the White House Visitors Center. They have lots of displays about the history of the White House and interesting videos of president's speeches and events that took place at the White House.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Oliver A
    Leeds, United Kingdom184 contributions
    Decent free attraction if you have time
    It's probably the best alternative if you can't access the white house. As British citizens, the embassy won't facilitate white house tours at this time. It's okay. Designed to give you the history of the building and its various occupants. Nice video towards one end of the hall. It's free so you can't complain too much I guess.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Steph S
    Bristol, United Kingdom25 contributions
    Not the White House but a fantastic alternative
    Sadly we found that we couldn’t submit a request to visit the White House for the time we were in Washington as it’s simply not possible right now for UK citizens. My trusty guide book said that the visitors centre was a great alternative and I have to say it wasn’t wrong. We arrived early as we wanted to do the Monument after and we needed to get tickets for that so we arrived for 7:30am opening and of course it was dead. Only a few visitors trickled in while we walked round but we mostly had the place to ourselves. There are many interesting items from past Presidents as well as a detailed history of the White House and all its former occupants. I would allow yourself an hour, or just slightly more to take everything in. I’d love to be able to visit the actual White House one day but I definitely came away from the visitors centre feeling enriched with knowledge. Well worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 October 2023
  • FSUgonoles
    Littleton, Colorado12 contributions
    Worth visiting every once in awhile
    Interesting exhibits on the White House and its former occupants. Exhibits include items such as furniture, dishes, decorations, photos, former occupants, etc. and there is a gift shop inside. The exhibits were worth seeing but we didn't get the impression there are constant additions to the collection.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 December 2023
  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, Tennessee2,315 contributions
    Nice museum!
    This is a separate building from The White House and it's located a few blocks away. You don't need a tour pass to enter here like with The White House and it's a nice place to visit along with the actual White House (or instead if you can't get a tour). It houses a large museum to The White House and has a great amount of information inside. It also houses a nice gift shop, so you can get souvenirs here (there's a small gift shop inside The White House too, but this is the big one). It's a nice little museum and I would recommend coming here!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 12 January 2024
  • dkallen
    Cookeville, Tennessee27 contributions
    Small but informative. Good gift shop!
    Quiet little gem. Great video about recent families who have lived in the White House telling what they found exciting about being in the White House. Great little shop; has past White House ornaments. Not all years, but they have several to choose from. Great sitting area if someone in your group needs to rest. Clean restrooms. Close to Reagan Building where you can get a quick lunch.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 January 2024
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dkallen
Cookeville, TN27 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Quiet little gem. Great video about recent families who have lived in the White House telling what they found exciting about being in the White House. Great little shop; has past White House ornaments. Not all years, but they have several to choose from. Great sitting area if someone in your group needs to rest. Clean restrooms. Close to Reagan Building where you can get a quick lunch.
Written 14 January 2024
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN2,315 contributions
May 2023
This is a separate building from The White House and it's located a few blocks away. You don't need a tour pass to enter here like with The White House and it's a nice place to visit along with the actual White House (or instead if you can't get a tour). It houses a large museum to The White House and has a great amount of information inside. It also houses a nice gift shop, so you can get souvenirs here (there's a small gift shop inside The White House too, but this is the big one). It's a nice little museum and I would recommend coming here!
Written 12 January 2024
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FSUgonoles
Littleton, CO12 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Interesting exhibits on the White House and its former occupants. Exhibits include items such as furniture, dishes, decorations, photos, former occupants, etc. and there is a gift shop inside. The exhibits were worth seeing but we didn't get the impression there are constant additions to the collection.
Written 25 December 2023
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Steph S
Bristol, UK25 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Sadly we found that we couldn’t submit a request to visit the White House for the time we were in Washington as it’s simply not possible right now for UK citizens. My trusty guide book said that the visitors centre was a great alternative and I have to say it wasn’t wrong. We arrived early as we wanted to do the Monument after and we needed to get tickets for that so we arrived for 7:30am opening and of course it was dead. Only a few visitors trickled in while we walked round but we mostly had the place to ourselves. There are many interesting items from past Presidents as well as a detailed history of the White House and all its former occupants. I would allow yourself an hour, or just slightly more to take everything in.

I’d love to be able to visit the actual White House one day but I definitely came away from the visitors centre feeling enriched with knowledge. Well worth a visit.
Written 9 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ashly J
Muscat Governorate, Oman8 contributions
A tour of Washington, D.C. is not complete without a visit to the iconic White House. As the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States, the White House holds immense historical and political significance.

To embark on a tour of the White House, visitors must make advance arrangements through their embassy or contact their Member of Congress. These tours are highly sought after and require a security clearance process, so it is recommended to plan well in advance.

Once you have secured a tour of the White House, you can make your way to the designated entrance. The White House Visitor Center, located at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, is a great starting point for your journey. Here, you can gather information about the White House and its history through exhibits, videos, and interactive displays.

From the Visitor Center, you can walk towards the White House, which is only a short distance away. As you approach, you will be struck by the grandeur of the building and its iconic architecture.

While public tours of the White House typically do not include access to the President's living quarters, they allow visitors to explore the East Wing, the State Dining Room, the Red Room, the Blue Room, and other significant spaces. Visitors can also learn about the history, art, and traditions associated with the White House during the tour.

After your White House tour, you can head to the nearest bus station to continue your exploration of Washington, D.C. The city's bus system, operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), provides convenient transportation options to various attractions and neighborhoods.

The closest bus station to the White House is the Farragut West Metro Station, located at 900 18th Street NW. From here, you can access several bus lines that can take you to different parts of the city.

Washington, D.C. offers a wealth of attractions beyond the White House, including the National Mall, the Capitol Building, the Smithsonian museums, and many more. Exploring the city by bus allows you to easily navigate between these landmarks and soak in the rich history and culture of the nation's capital.
Written 9 October 2023
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joesoup1972
Dayton, OH232 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Stopped in waiting to go on our WhiteHouse tour.Ive been to gas station bathrooms better than this, air hand dryer is covered in filth, you could at least have some one attend these and clean them every day, very gross
Written 3 October 2023
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Oliver A
Leeds, UK184 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
It's probably the best alternative if you can't access the white house. As British citizens, the embassy won't facilitate white house tours at this time.

It's okay. Designed to give you the history of the building and its various occupants. Nice video towards one end of the hall.

It's free so you can't complain too much I guess.
Written 19 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,814 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
It's not easy to get tickets and access to the White House these days. Not like in the good old days when people could just line up and get in the same day. Unless you're among the lucky few to get tickets (best chance is by requesting through your Congressional Representative), you might enjoy the exhibits in the White House Visitors Center. They have lots of displays about the history of the White House and interesting videos of president's speeches and events that took place at the White House.
Written 10 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK1,339 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
If you are not an American citizen there is very little hope of visiting the actual White House. Even citizens have to apply to their State Senator if they want to visit?
As a Brit I find this really odd. Anyone of any nationality can buy tickets to visit Buckingham Palace or tour The House of Commons here in the UK.

The Visitor Centre, as other reviews state, is the next best thing. There are many artefacts and some interesting information about how the White House operates. We spent probably 1-2 hrs enjoyably meandering around the exhibits.
Written 7 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

phvi2617
Anaheim, CA553 contributions
Jun 2023
Our tour of the White House was cancelled, so we settled on checking out the visitors center, which turned out to be a great way to spend an hour. There are several different exhibits detailing the architecture, history, and occupants of the White House, with lots of artifacts and visuals.
Written 12 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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