*On March 5, 2013, the White House Visitors Office issued the following notice:
Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule affected tours. We very much regret having to take this action, particularly during the popular Spring touring season.
1. Please provide a main point of contact for your group. Please send that person’s home address and a contact number—preferably a cell phone that you’ll have while in DC, as well as an email address.
2. Please list the days you are available for tours while in Washington, DC. (Please specify times in which you will be unavailable for tours, for example times you will be traveling or in meetings). It is not uncommon for tours to occur early in the morning or late in the afternoon, so please consider whether you will be available for the full day or not when providing the list of days.
3. Please let our office know what tours you are interested in. We can help you get tours of the White House (see below), the Capitol building, the Supreme Court, the Holocaust Museum, the Library of Congress, and the Kennedy Center. (Other locations may be available upon request.)
4. To request a tour for the White House there must be a minimum of 28 days and a maximum of 6 months notice and a minimum of 4 individuals and security information submitting. Unfortunately this does not guarantee a tour, but will help us to more efficiently process your requests. As of March 23, 2009 the White House will start running tours Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 10:00am and these hours will be extended when possible based on the official White House schedule.
5. If your group requires any special accommodations. (For example, if you will need a wheelchair or handicap access during your tours.)
Washington, D.C. - Tourist Information
Memorials, Monuments, Museums, and Points of Interest
Plantations and Historic Mansions
The Smithsonian Institution
Tours & Other Places of Interest
Washington, DC & Adjacent State Home Pages
Weather Forecast for Washington, DC
- The Corcoran Gallery of Art Museum - 17th Street and New York Avenue, NW - one block west and south of the White House. The main entrance is on 17th Street. Special needs access is at 1701 E Street, around the corner from the 17th Street entrance. Phone: (202) 639-1700 Metro Stop: Four blocks from the Farragut West station or Farragut North station.
- Department of the Interior Museum - Located on the first floor of the Main Interior Building at 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC. The Museum is accessible from both the C Street and E Street entrances; the E Street entrance is wheelchair accessible. The Museum is free of charge. Adults must show a photo ID when entering the Interior building to gain admittance to the Museum. Reservations (two weeks in advance) are required only for guided tours or appointments to view the building's New Deal murals located in restricted-access areas. For further information, please call the Museum at (202) 208-4743. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, except for Federal holidays. Also open on the third Saturday of the month. Please call ahead, (202) 208-4743, to confirm times. Metro Stop: Farragut West station. Exit at 18th Street and walk five (5) blocks south to the Main Interior Building on E Street.
- Ford's Theatre & Lincoln Museum - 511 10th Street, NW - 10th Street Between E & F Streets. Telephone: (202) 426-6924. Metro Stop: the closest station to the theatre is Metro Center
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial - 900 Ohio Drive, S.W., near the Jefferson Memorial and the Potomac River. There are park rangers available from 8 a.m. to midnight every day except Christmas Day. There are no fees to visit any of the monuments or memorials in the park. Telphone: (202) 426-6841 Information. Metro stop: Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall.
- The Hall of States Building - 444 North Capitol Street, NW. This building houses 32 state offices. For information call the Council of State Governments at (202) 624-5386.
- Korean War Veterans Memorial - The memorial is staffed from 8 a.m. to midnight every day except December 25 by park rangers who are available to answer questions and present interpretive themes. A bookstore in the nearby Lincoln Memorial sells informational items relating to both the memorial and the Korean War. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is part of the National Park System, one of more than 360 parks representing our nation's natural and cultural heritage. Address inquiries to: Superintendent, National Capital Parks-Central, 900 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20242.
- The Lincoln Memorial - West Potomac Park at the foot of 23rd Street, NW. Telephone: (202) 426-6895. Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom or the Smithsonian Metro stop which comes out on the National Mall.
- The National Building Museum - 401 F Street, NW, between 4th and 5th streets. Wheelchair access at 4th and G streets. Metro Stop: Judiciary Square - Red line. Telephone: (202) 272-2448.
- National Mall and Memorial Parks - The sprawling lands of the National Mall & Memorial Parks include the Mall, the public promenade extending from 3rd Street near the Capitol to 14th Street.
- National Mall Walking Tour - Explore the National Mall with this walking tour provided by National Geographic.
- National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall - 1145 17th & M Street. Exhibits of famous scientific expeditions. Phone: 800 NGS LINE (800 647 5463); 800 548 9797 (TDD).
- The National Postal Museum - 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE in the Washington City Post Office Building on Capitol Hill (next to Union Station). Metro: Take Metro's Red Line to Union Station. Leave through the Massachusetts Avenue exit. As you get off the escalator, the National Postal Museum will be to your left.
- The Phillips Collection - 1600 21st Street, N.W. The Phillips Collection is located in the Dupont Circle area, one-half block off of Massachusetts Avenue on 21st Street, between Q and R Streets. Offices and Visitor information: (202) 387-2151. Metro Stop: RED line of the Metro to the Dupont Circle Station. Exit to Q street. At the top of the escalator, go left on Q street one block to 21st Street. The museum entrance is located halfway up 21st Street on the left.
- Smithsonian Museums - The entrances to the West Building are located on Constitution Avenue at 6th Street, NW, on Madison Drive at 6th Street, NW, and on 4th Street between Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive, NW. The entrance for the East Building is located on 4th Street between Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive, NW.
- The Textile Museum - 2320 S Street, NW. Telephone: (202) 667-0441. Metro Stop: Take the red line to the Dupont Circle stop. Leave the station via the Q Street exit. Walk north on Connecticut Avenue. At the intersection of Connecticut Avenue, Florida Avenue and S Street cross Florida Avenue and go left. Take immediate right onto S Street. Continue walking up S Street 2 long blocks to The Textile Museum on the left.
- The Thomas Jefferson Memorial - South bank of the Tidal Basin - At the Swan Boathouse you can rent a paddle boat to cruise on the Basin. The Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall. Phone: (202) 426-6841
- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - The Museum is located just south of Independence Ave., SW. between 14th Street and Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th St.). There is an entrance also on 14th street, next to the Bureau of Printing & Engraving. Permanent exhibition is recommended for ages 11 and up. Daniel's Story is recommended for ages 8 and up. The visit will take from an 1 1/2 to 3 hours. ONLY the Permanent Exhibition requires a timed entry pass to begin the self-guided tour of the Museum's primary exhibition. Passes are FREE and are NOT required for the Museum's other exhibitions, memorials, resources and facilities. Metro Stop: Smithsonian on the blue or orange lines exit at 12th and Independence Avenue. Telephone: (202) 488-0400.
- The United States Navy Memorial and Visitors Center - Located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 123, Washington, D.C, 20004-2608. The D.C. Metro's Green and Yellow Line stops at Archives-Navy Memorial, steps from our front door. There is a Motor Coach Drop on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between 7th and 9th Streets, in front of the U.S. Navy Memorial. The Memorial offers a Concert Hotline at (202) 737-2300 ext. 768 for updated schedules or cancellations due to weather.
- The Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Henry Bacon Drive & Constitution Avenue, NW. Metro Stop: Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall. Telephone: (202) 426-6841.
- The Washington Dolls' House & Toy Museum - 5236 44th Street, N.W., Washington, DC, one block west of Wisconsin Avenue between Jenifer and Harrison Streets. If you go by Metro, take the red line to Friendship Heights and use the Jenifer Street exit.
Guided tours are available for 12 or more by making reservations. For more information, call 202-244-0024.
- The Washington Monument - On the Mall at 15th Street, SW. Tickets are required. They are free and available at the booth located on the west side of 15th Street, NW, on the Mall. Advance Tickets (small fee charged): Ticketmaster: (DC Metro) 202-432-7328 (Outside DC) 1-800-551-7328. Facilities: Bookstore, Restrooms, Museum. Information: 202-426-6841. Metro stop: Smithsonian
- The White House - 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Public tours of the White House are available for groups of 10 or more people. Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays), and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis approximately one month in advance of the requested date. We encourage you to submit your request as early as possible since a limited number of tours are available. All White House tours are free of charge. Metro: McPherson Square.
Note: Tours are subject to cancellations or time changes. For the most up-to-date information about touring and visiting the White House, call the 24-hour Visitors Office Info Line at 202-456-7041
- Merriweather Post Pavilion - 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway. Located in Columbia, Maryland between Baltimore and Washington D.C. and is readily accessible from I-95. Performing arts center offers symphonic music, and pop concerts. Ticket Infor.: 703-218-6500 in Washington D.C.; 410-481-6500 in Baltimore; 800-955-5566 elsewhere
- Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts - 1645 Trap Road Vienna, VA 22182. The nation's first National Park for the performing arts offers opera, symphonic music, pop concerts, jazz and ballet. Only open during warm weather. Price of admission varies depending on program. Telephone: 703-255-1800.
- Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
- Carter Barron Amphitheatre
- The Dumbarton Oaks - 1703 32nd Street, NW (one block east of Wisconsin Avenue between R and S Streets in Georgetown). Telephone: (202) 339-6401.
- Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens - Home of George Washington. Telephone: (703) 780-2000. Metro stop: Take Metro's Yellow Line Train to Huntington Station in Virginia. Exit to the lower level (Huntington Avenue) of the station to catch a Fairfax Connector bus to Mount Vernon.
- Stratford Hall Plantation
- Sully Plantation
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- The Octagon House - 1799 New York Ave., NW (18th and New York). Architectural exhibits. Served as James Madison's White House following the destruction of the real White House by the British in 1814. Telephone: (202) 638-3105. Metro stop: Farragut West or Farragut North
The Smithsonian Institution - The museums are open daily, except Christmas, from 10:00am to 5:30pm (Air & Space 10:00am to 7:30pm and Anacostia Museum which closes at 5 p.m.). Extended Summer hours are determined annually. Smithsonian Information Center: 202/357-2700 (voice) 202/357-2729 (TTY). Metro: Smithsonian or L'Enfant Plaza.