Three Ways to Explore the White House...from Home

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The White House isn’t just a home to First Families or meeting space for world leaders. It’s also known as "The People’s House" -- a place that should be open to everyone. And that’s why President and Mrs. Obama have made it a priority to invite young people, military families, and Americans of all ages to join them here at the White House.

And, because experiencing the White House shouldn't be limited to the those who are able to visit in person, the Obama Administration has worked hard to offer unprecedented access that opens up the People's House to virtual visitors as well. 

So, whether you're at home in California or at school in Maine, let your fingers do the walking and take this as your formal invitation to see the White House. Here's three great ways to get started.

Take an interactive tour

Learn about the White House grounds and many of the historic rooms inside the People’s House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Google Art Project at the White House

As part of President and Mrs. Obama’s commitment to open the White House to as many Americans as possible, we have partnered with the Google Art Project and allowed their 360 Street View cameras to capture the rooms that are featured on the public tour. Now anyone, anywhere, can experience the history and art of the White House via their computer.

Watch Behind the Scenes: The Google Art Project at the White House.

Learn more about the art in the White House

Inside the White House Video Series

The White House video team created a series of videos that take you behind the scenes of some of the everyday – and not so every day—activities that take place at the White House. Ever wanted to know what goes on inside the White House situation room, learn more about the 10 letters from the American people that President Obama reads every day, or take a peak at the process of preparing the President’s State of the Union Address? Now’s your chance.

Inside the White House: The Situation Room

Watch Inside the White House: The Situation Room here.

Inside the White House: Letters to the President

Watch Inside the White House: Letters to the President.

Inside the White House: State of the Union

Watch Inside the White House: State of the Union Address.

See more Inside the White House Videos

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