Tours and Tickets
Important Information Regarding White House Tours:
Due to renovations to the public screening facility outside the White House, White House tours will be temporarily closed August 9th through August 31st. Public Tours will resume under reduced capacity for the week of September 1st through September 5th and will return to normal September 8th.
Our office is only responsible for submitting your information to the White House Visitors Center. The White House Visitors Center then takes your information and schedules the tour. Tours are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis. When you visit Washington, DC during the months of May-August (peak-season) it is extremely important to request your White House tour 3-4 months in advance or else the White House is likely to have already booked tours for the month you have requested.
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 my Washington, DC Tourism Information page.
Update on U.S. Capitol Tours
It is very important to us to notify you that work to restore the U.S. Capitol Rotunda will begin in July. The Rotunda will be temporarily closed for several weeks beginning Saturday, July 25. The anticipated re-opening of the Rotunda will be Tuesday, September 8, 2015. During this time the rotunda will be closed and the Capitol Visitors Center will offer an alternative tour route.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I requested 3 months in advance, how come I was not able to get a tour of the White House?
A: Due to the high volume of requests that all 435 members of congress receive, the White House Visitors Center is not always able to accommodate every request. This is why it is important to request as early as possible.
Q: When will I hear back about my White House tour request?
A: The White House Visitors Center approves or denies tour requests about two weeks prior to the travel date.
Q: How much time should I allow to travel through security in the Capitol?
A: Allow about 60 minutes to travel through Capitol security.
Q: What if I miss my Capitol tour? Can I reschedule?
A: If you miss your Capitol tour, please come to our Office. We are located in Longworth 1531. We will be able to help you out.
Q: What if I cannot get reservation for any of the tours I requested? Does this mean I will not be able to see these attractions?
A: Most of the tours available through your congressional office, offer public tours as well. For more information on public tours visit the websites listed below:
* indicates information that you need to provide.
** To submit your tour request we will need detailed information such as: name, birth date, place of birth, and social security number. Please be prepared to provide this information for members of your tour party when we respond to your request.