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  1. United States
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Smithsonian American Art Museum

Washington: "If White House Walls Could Talk" Walking Tour

Product ID: 283822
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Immerse yourself in one of 3 real stories based on a White House historical figure, brought to life by professional actors. Feel like a White House insider, learning the antics of past Presidents, their family members, and their staff.
About this activity
Duration 1.15 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants and date:



  • Hear real stories about living and working in the White House
  • Take a look back at history through the eyes of someone who experienced it
  • See the White House from different vantage points and learn what happened where
  • Stroll in a group of no more than 20 guests and ask as many questions as you like
Full description
Learn the history of the White House through the lives of historical figures who lived or worked there, and get a behind-the-scenes take on this famous address. Choose from 3 unique tours, all led by professional actors, to explore American history during the tenure of 3 different presidents. 

Select the "Press Secretary on the Edge" tour to discover the ins and outs of working in the White House with Liz Carpenter as your guide. Liz was the press secretary for "Lady Bird" Johnson, the First Lady during Lyndon Johnson's Presidency from 1963 to 1969.

Select the "What a President Tells His Gardener" option to drop in for a walk with John Ousley, the first White House gardener who was hired by President John Quincy Adams and continued to serve for 27 years under succeeding presidents.

Select the "Join the Gang: Rascals in the White House" tour to follow Quentin Roosevelt, the youngest son of Theodore Roosevelt, on an to exploration of life in the White House during the First World War.

If you can't decide which option to choose and are up for a surprise, you can select the private surprise tour option. With this option you'll discover who your guide is when you arrive at the meeting point which will be arranged with you in advance by the local partner.
  • Walking tour
  • Guide
What’s Not Included
  • White House entrance
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The local partner will confirm your meeting point directly with you via email as it varies depending on which surprise guide you'll have for your tour.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
Know before you go
• Please note, this tour takes place outside the White House and does not include entrance to the White House
• Please wear comfortable shoes as this tour involves a lot of walking
• Bring plenty of water to drink
• There are no bathroom breaks during the tour
• Tours will stay in the shade as much as possible, but bring sunscreen, just in case
• Tours will take place rain or shine, so please wear weather appropriate clothing

From US$ 400 Per group up to 20

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Pickle Pea Walks

Product ID: 283822