"White House Visitor's Center" White House Tip by machomikemd

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The Visitor Center opened in 1995 to provide extensive interpretive data about the White House and to serve as a ticket-distribution center (though that function is suspended indefinitely). It is run under the auspices of the National Park Service and the staff is particularly well informed. Try to catch the 30-minute video about the White House, Where History Lives, which provides interior views of the presidential precincts (it runs continuously throughout the day). Before you leave the Visitor Center, pick up a copy of the National Park Service's brochure on the White House, which tells you a little about what you'll see in the eight or so rooms you tour and a bit about the history of the White House. The White House Historic Association runs a small shop here. The association operates an informative website.

Walk through six permanent exhibits relating to the White House including the First Families In the White House, Symbols and Images, White House Architecture, White House Interiors, Working White House, and Ceremonies and Celebration.

The Center is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and features many aspects of the White House, including its architecture, furnishings, first families, social events, and relations with the press and world leaders, as well as a thirty-minute video. Allow between 20 minutes to one hour to explore the exhibits. The White House Historical Association also sponsors a sales area. restrooms are available, but food service is not, but just outside are a lot of food carts selling a variety of goodies.

Address: 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20230
Directions: 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC, In the Department of Commerce Building, between 14th and 15th Street.Parking is very limited in this area, so public transportation is recommended.
Phone: 202-456-7041
Website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/tours/

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  • Written Aug 14, 2007
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