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White House grounds open to visitors April 17 an 18. Details here.

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The White House will open its gardens and grounds to visitors on Saturday, April 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Sunday, April 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors can view the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children's Garden and the South Lawn of the White House. The White House Kitchen Garden will also be viewable from the tour route and a visual explanation will be available to help inform tourists about the elements of the garden.

These tours are open to the public; however, a ticket is required for all attendees, including small children. The National Park Service will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets on each tour day beginning at 8:00 a.m. Tickets will be distributed -- one ticket per person -- on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note the following are prohibited on the White House grounds:
Food and Beverages of any kind
Duffel Bags/Suitcases/Backpacks
Animals (except guide dogs)
Aerosols of any kind Knives of any size
Real or Simulated Weapons/Ammunition

The U.S. Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items however strollers, wheelchairs, and cameras are permitted.

In case of inclement weather, the Garden Tours will be cancelled. Please call the 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041 to check on the status of the event. Tours of the White House will not occur on the dates of the Garden Tours.


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My school group is hoping to attend the White House grounds Open House on April 17th. Last year we sent representatives that were able to obtain the tickets for the whole group prior to the group arriving. Is that possible, or will only 1 ticket be given per visitor?

Thank you,
Candy Mues
Immanuel Lutheran School
Valparaiso, IN

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