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White House Visitors Center

1450 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-3029
+1 202-208-1631
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“gift shop” (47 reviews)
1450 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-3029
Downtown / Chinatown
+1 202-208-1631
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a good place to stop before or after seeing the White House, however the exhibits are somewhat limited. Nice restrooms and gift shop for some unique items can be found here. Worth a stop if you're already visiting the White House.

Thank DM_1278
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a nice building. Air conditioned which is nice if you've just walked around the national mall to get here which many of the visitors will have. Some very interesting works are on display. They did a good job of having things that will interest...More

Thank jess290718
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This "Visitors' Center" is just down the Street from The White House itself : in various imaginative displays, it offers great insights into the history & usage of that iconic Residence of American Presidents since the second one, John Adams. If you're fortunate enough to...More

Thank Gooner10_8
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whether you are touring the White House or not you must visit the White House Visitors Center. In fact, having done both I'd put the Visitor's Center as a priority over the WH tour. The displays are interesting and the short film that plays every...More

Thank MN_Traveler38
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited the White House before and this was a pretty good alternative. Good displays regarding the history of the historic house and the families who have resided there.

Thank Roadtripsters2015
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Apart from a 20 minute video, a model of the White House and some information boards there is very little here. It has a nice gift shop.

Thank charlton69
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Getting a Washington DC souvenir is a must, whether a fridge magnet or a mug. Prices are a bit high but if you spend over 50 usd you ll get a free picture in their "oval office". For an extra 10 usd they ll take...More

Thank Mariana P
Reviewed 15 October 2017

While it certainly didn't compare with being inside the White House itself, the visitors center was very well done, and featured a number of exhibits, as well as a video presentation that was quite interesting. It's also a place to use the restroom before a...More

Thank Mark42139
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We weren't expecting alot but were very pleasantly surprised - the displays told details not only about the history of the building, but looked at life from both the political and family side of life in the White House. Interesting stories about the inhabitants, and...More

Thank D0ug101
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Wonderful exhibits about the White House and a beautifully done video featuring the voices and images of many past occupants. This is a beautifully planned Center offering excellent insights into the White House and life there. Highly recommended. It is free.

Thank Michelelabelle
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Frances L
16 July 2017|
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Response from Gooner10_8 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Frances : No, you don't need your Passport to gain entry to the "White House Visitor Center" - as other contributors have indicated, there is a security check, which includes a "scan" similar to that at an Airport. You... More
Ben L
16 July 2017|
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Response from L Z | Reviewed this property |
Definitely NOT allowed to bring ANY food or drink inside. We had to pour out our water and toss any snacks that we had in our bags.
31 March 2017|
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Response from BillandViv | Reviewed this property |
depends how long you want to study the exhibits but about an hour should see you through.