For the first time in 40 years, the White House allows photos, so you should totally go there and take tons of selfies.
According to the White House’s website, “As of July 1, 2015, Smartphones and compact cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches (stills only) are permitted on the public tour route as long as their use does not interfere with other guests’ enjoyment of the tour.”
Visitors are also encouraged to share their photos via social media with the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour.
Exploring the @WhiteHouse and making history with the 1st selfie!
— Cubby Graham (@cubbygraham) July 1, 2015
— Sandra Matty (@s_tank_matty) July 1, 2015
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TAKE PHOTOS! #whitehousetour The #whitehouse ended a 40 year policy of no photos during public tours today. So naturally #photographers of the national news organizations ie; #CNN #newyorktimes and #associatedpress decided to celebrate with their own #selfie in the #statediningroom @cnn @cnnstyle @cnnscenes @marklwalz @nytimes @nytmills
Now, keep in mind you cannot just walk up to the White House and expect to be allowed to tour the building and grounds. You have to submit your request through your Member of Congress no less than 21 days before your visit — you can submit it as much as six months before. Word on the street says that the earlier you do this, the better your chances are of getting your request approved.
While you can bring your cellphone and a small camera, you still cannot bring in the following items:
- Video recorders
- Handbags, book bags, backpacks or purses
- Food or beverages, tobacco products, personal grooming items (i.e., makeup, lotion, etc.)
- Any pointed objects
- Aerosol containers
- Guns, ammunition, fireworks, electric stun guns, mace, martial arts weapons/devices or knives of any size
While you’re waiting for your approval for your own White House tour, get plenty of insider info by following #WhiteHouseTour on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, for starters. And when you get there, hashtag the heck out of your pics.