White House Tour 2021

** White House tours have been suspended until further notice.

White House Public Tours: East Wing and the Residence

Public tours of the White House are free of charge and can be scheduled through your congressional representative. Refer to the ticketing section for details.

Visitors will enter the White House complex from the south side of East Executive Avenue. After passing through the security screening area, guests will enter the East Wing of the White House and proceed down the East Colonnade following the route to the Residence depicted on the White House tour map below.

White House Tour Map

Official White House tour map - East Wing Lobby, East Garden Room, East Colonnade, Family Movie Theater, Library, Vermeil Room, China Room, Center Hall, East Room, Red Room, Blue Room, Green Room, 
	State Dining Room, Old Family Dining Room, Croos Hall, Entrance Hall, North Portico

White House Family Movie Theater Now Included in Tours

The Family Theater is now included as part of the self-guided public White House tour. Read the official announcement here.

White House Tour Photos

White House tour photogallery


Photos Are Now Allowed on the White House Tour!

In 2015, the White House lifted its longstanding camera and photo ban on public tours. Guests are now welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and are encouraged to share their photos using the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour. Phones and compact still cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches are allowed.

White House photos taken by people who are on vacation in Washington DC and are posting them to Instagram and Twitter


White House West Wing entrance

West Wing Tours

While the standard public tour is interesting for architectural and historical reasons, nothing can beat the excitement of the West Wing Tour. These coveted tours are led by knowledgeable members of the White House staff and Secret Service. They take you into the working areas of the White House and allow you to witness our democracy in action.

From the West Wing Tour booklet:

"In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt relocated his office from the second floor of the residence to this newly constructed building. The West Wing has expanded and undergone several renovations since then, but it has remained the official workplace of the President. In our country, the halls of government are not reserved for a privileged few, and the President’s workplace should be no exception."

At this time, the only way to experience a West Wing Tour is by invitation from the White House or through a personal connection to a White House staffer willing to lead you on an after-hours tour. Download the official West Wing Tour booklet from the White House.

White House West Wing Tour Photos

White House West Wing tours photogallery


Official List of West Wing Tour Participants

You may be wondering just who gets to go on a West Wing tour. This information was first made available by the Obama Administration via the publication of the official White House Visitors Records. This practice has been discontinued under the Trump Administration.


West Wing tours visitors list

View the White House Visitor Logs



West Wing Tour Map

White House West Wing map - White House Mess, Situation Room, Rose Garden, Oval Office, Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room, West Wing Lobby, Press briefing room


Map of White House Grounds

map of White House grounds - tour entrance and exit points, Northwest appointment gate, East appointment gate, Southwest appointment gate,
		East Executive Avenue, West Executive Aveneu


White House Tour Tickets

Public Tour

Requests for the White House tour must be submitted through your Member of Congress in either the House or Senate. White House tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis and they must be requested a minimum of 21 days in advance of your visit. Requests can be submitted up to three months in advance. All guests ages 2 years and over are required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing while at the White House complex.

Want to see the holiday decorations? Submit your Christmas tour requests in the Fall. All tours are free of charge.

White House Tour Security

All guests 14 years of age or older are required by the United States Secret Service to submit their name, date of birth, social security number and country of citizenship. All guests 18 and older will be required to present photo identification with information exactly matching the name previously submitted for clearance.


Prohibited Items

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following: handbags, book bags, backpacks, purses, food and beverages of any kind, strollers, video cameras, selfie sticks, 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, compact cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches, cell phones and car keys are permitted. Come prepared; there are no storage facilities on-site.

Refer to the Tours & Events page of the White House website for detailed security requirements.



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.



The nearest public restrooms 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. Please take advantage of these public facilities prior to your tour.

White House Spring Garden Tour and Fall Garden Tour

Guests are invited to stroll through the White House gardens during certain weekends in the Spring and Fall. For more information about upcoming tours, visit the White House Spring Garden Tour page.

If you have children, you can enter the Easter Egg Roll lottery for a chance to attend the Easter Egg Roll held every Spring on the South Lawn of the White House.


White House Online Tour

Explore the White House online by using your mouse to click and navigate around. See if you can find the Blue Room, Red Room, Green Room, East Room, and State Dining Room. Can you find the staircase that heads upstairs to the Lincoln Bedroom?

Click on the "1" on the bottom right side of the screen to explore the Ground Floor.