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White House Visitors Center

1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC (Downtown / Chinatown)
202-208-1631
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Ranked #155 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Activities: Group tours/day tour
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Just visited the newly renovated White House Visitor's Center today on historic Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th & 15th Streets NW. WOW! I am referring to the center you see in the picture above and in the website link provided, not the temporary trailer that was setup near the White House mentioned in several reviews below. Yuck... This new center is... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Unless you are looking for visitor information about the city, don't be fooled into thinking it has anything to do with the actual White House. It is a visitor information center located significantly behind the White House. Oh yes, bring your own water and snack a bottle of water was $3.50 anywhere else it's around $1.00.

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Perkasie, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I took a student from Spain who was spending a month with my family for a visit to Washington. Lidia wanted a picture of herself in front of the White House. We went into the temporary visitor center to purchase some postcards and gifts for her to take home. Although small, the center was inviting with many gifts and a... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I didn't like it was a "self guided tour", it was the old historic side of the White House. I didn't expect to see their living quarters but, something up to date, I didn't even see Michelle Obama's picture in the First Lady room, the souvenir shop only had a book with Barack Obama on the last page! Overall I... More

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Louisville, KY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We tried to go each morning of our trip but the line was ENORMOUS due to the temporary site (a small trailer set up while the building is being rehabbed). We woke the last day of our trip on a Sunday morning and there was NOBODY else there when we arrived at 8 a.m. - - we watched the nice... More

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Palo Alto, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I would visit here only if you are in need of a cool spot to sit and cool off. You can watch the short film on the White House which shows in a continuous loop. This review is for the temporary visitor center in front of the White House which is in a portable building. I would like to know... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I was expecting a lot more information on the White House as you cannot tour this site. It seemed to be a place to spend money on souveniers but not much else.

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Midland City, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you would like to view the Whitehouse interior itself you must contact your congressman or woman about 6 months in advance. We contacted both our congresswoman & a senator 3 months in advance & waited very patiently until the day before we left for Washington to hear back from them before contacting them ourselves again to find that our... More

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Caulfield, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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