Tours and Tickets
Visiting the White House and U.S. Capitol are popular and time-honored traditions when in Washington, D.C. All tickets are provided to constituents on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the large number of visitors, please request them as early as possible in order to maximize your chances. For information on sightseeing and attractions, please visit the Washington, DC Tourism Information page.
Special Information for White House Tours
For all groups:
- The White House schedules tours on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Tours are available Tuesday to Saturday between 7:30 am and 1:30 pm. Tours do not take place on Sundays and Mondays. Sometimes, the President's schedule prevents White House tours from happening on a given day.
- Tours must be requested at least 30 days in advance. My office can accept requests as early as six months in advance. It is important to plan ahead as much as possible.
- Tours are self-guided and last about 45 minutes.
- The White House does not schedule or turn away tours until about two weeks before the dates you request.
- Requesting a tour does not guarantee that one can be scheduled. The White House receives hundreds of requests every day from across the nation to visit a small space. There is no way to prioritize requests.
- The White House makes all decisions about tour scheduling. My office plays no role in scheduling tours other than to coordinate between you and the White House. My staff treats every request the same.
- White House tour scheduling is final. If you get a tour and the time or date does not work with your schedule, you will need to request another tour for a later date.
For large groups: You may request a tour for up to 100 guests. This includes every adult and child over six months old. You cannot add more guests to your group at a later date. The larger your group is, the harder it will be for the White House Visitors Office to accommodate everyone, no matter how early you request a tour.
For school groups: The White House does not schedule tours until about two weeks before the dates you request. For some school districts, this makes it hard to plan transportation and gain approval from the school district for the trip. Unfortunately, this is something that cannot be changed.
For persons with disabilities: Wheelchairs are available upon request. Please let us know in the comments box below if someone in your group may need a wheelchair during the tour. This way, we can ensure one is available.