Google opens White House virtual tour, US First Lady Michelle Obama invites everyone (Video)

By on Apr 3, 2012 in International, Internet, Politics, Technology, United States Comments

Google opened the White House to the public on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 via a virtual tour, as shown in the demo video below, along with the invitation of US First Lady Michelle Obama and its behind-the-scenes.

White House
Image Credit: White House video

According to press release by the White House on its official website that day, US President Barack Obama and the First Lady have teamed up with Google Art Project so that people around the world can see what is inside the White House.

As noted in the report, the White House, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., is the only building in the world that is at the same time the home of a head of state, the executive office of a head of state, and is regularly open to the public for tours.

“Thousands of people have walked these halls and gazed at the artwork. They’ve examined the portraits of Washington, Lincoln, and Kennedy. They’ve imagined the history that’s unfolded here.” US First Lady Michelle Obama said on the video.

“And now you can do all of that without leaving your home. So go ahead, look around, enjoy the history and the beauty of these rooms. Because after all, this is your house, too,” Mrs. Obama added, inviting everyone to see public rooms of the White House via an online 360 degree tour.

Apparently, the White House virtual tour was made available using Google’s Street View technology that allows visitors to navigate through the rooms on the ground and State floors, and view the art and furnishings in high resolution, which is now available at

White House virtual tour demo and invitation by US First Lady Michelle Obama
Video Credit: WhiteHouse/YouTube

Behind the Scenes: The Google Art Project at the White House
Video Credit: WhiteHouse/YouTube

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