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White House Visitors Center

1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC (Downtown / Chinatown)
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Ranked #158 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Activities: Group tours/day tour
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97 reviews 97 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Wow. I'm walking near the White House. I can't get near it, but then I find the White House Visitor Centre. That's got to be good then. No; it's not. The Visitor Centre is in a temporary building somewhat near the White House. It shows a loop about Presidents and The White House. It has a small souvenir section. Don't... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We were disappointed to learn that we were not able to visit the White House on a tour as the US Government have restricted this to American Citizens and no one from outside the USA can visit. So we looked at the White House from outside and then decided to find the visitors center to learn more. The normal location... More

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The center is Merely a koisk For gift shop By inquiring about visiting the White House. They told. Py appoitment. And takes six months I bought some gifts for 91 $ And left

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The Visitor's Center is closed for renovation. The temporary Visitor's Center is in a FEMA-like trailor, most of which is a gift shop. Next door, the public restrooms were filthy, even though they had just supposedly been cleaned, according to the posted schedule. Disgusting and beneath anyone's reasonable standards. Washington, you can do better than this!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Basically this is just a souvenir shack. The visitor center for the White House, the home of the President of the United States of America could be a stately building of immense proportion designed to inspire awe and power on a continual phalanx of visiting hopefuls. Reality sets in when you see how small the truth is. They're working on... More

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Ocala, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

...UNLESS the White House Tours have resumed. But with the tours shut down and the permanent VC closed for renovations there is close to no reason to stop into this overcrowded double-wide trailer. Fortunately, it's only temporary.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

I would not worry about going to the temporary visit center for now. There was not much in it. A few souviners and a could bits of history about the white house.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 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...

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 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... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 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... More

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