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“used to guide tours here....not all that”

White House Visitors Center
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“used to guide tours here....not all that”
Reviewed 8 July 2013

this locale isn't all it was cracked up to be, even when you could tour daily....buy the picturebook and save yourself some time...

Visited October 2012
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“Very disappointing temporary building”
Reviewed 22 June 2013

We went to the visitors centre to find it closed and a notice to say it was in a temporary building. It's about 10 minutes walk away near the white house in a small temporary structure. A few steps upto it and a ramp available. There were a few seats with a film running and a few photos on the wall. 2 staff were behind a very small counter of goodies including pictures, decorations and cufflinks. The security guard was very pleasant but disappointed we made the effort to walk across to it - not worth the trek.

Visited June 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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“Temporary visitor center”
Reviewed 3 April 2013

If you are planning a trip to DC then you will certainly know the White House Visitor's Center is being renovated and the temporary location is on the Ellipse. It is located in a trailer. It is run by the National Park Service. Staff stands outside the door to provide maps of The Mall and White House information incase you have no interest in waiting for your turn to enter the trailer. There is an informational video for watching and a small store with items specific to the White House. A park ranger is available to provide information and assist children with the Jr Ranger program or to stamp your Passport book. The trailer is adjacent to restrooms and a concession stand.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Spring break in DC”
Reviewed 27 March 2013

Of course you must visit the visitor center, pretty much like all the rest, except for reduced merchandise from one to the other..info can be gotten tho..

Visited March 2013
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“Closed, under renovation and relocated”
Reviewed 17 March 2013

We were not aware that the White House visitors center was closed for renovations and temporarily relocated until we got to the building. There should have been better notification.

Visited March 2013
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