The White House, home of every US President except George Washington.
The home of every US President except George Washington.
The White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, was originally constructed 1792-1800, the work of James Hoban.
It was reconstructed in 1815 after being burned by British soldiers during the War of 1812. It has been the home of every president of the United States since John Adams.
The exterior of the main structure, despite some additions and minor changes, remains much as it was in 1800.
The interior has been completely renovated using the historic floor plan. It is significant for its Federal architecture,
as a symbol of the presidency, and for the important decisions made within its walls over the years.
Tickets are required year-round for the self-guided public tours.
The National Park Service distributes the tickets from the White House Visitor Center, located at the southeast corner of 15th and E Streets. Look for the three American flags and the blue awnings.
Tickets are timed from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Advance tickets are not available.
They are issued on the morning of the tour only, on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 7:30 a.m. As the number of tickets for each day is limited, visitors should arrive as early as possible. One person may obtain up to four tickets. The ticket counter closes at noon, or earlier if the supply for that day is distributed. Each ticket indicates when and where you join the line.
Congressional guided tours are scheduled Tuesday-Saturday, 8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Tickets must be obtained in advance from your congressional representative or senator and are extremely limited.) All tours subject to change or cancellation.
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington DC 20500
For the latest information, call the 24-hour recorded information line at (202) 456-7041.