This 20-minute self-guided tour walks through the North Wing of Arlington House. While passing through Robert E Lee’s office, the family parlors, and the center hall, you will view museum exhibits and period furniture and objects associated with Mr. and Mrs. Lee, George Washington, and George Washington Parke Custis. This is a timed entry. Visitors are not permitted to remain on the tour longer than 20 minutes.
The National Park Service prohibits the following inside Arlington House, museum, North and South Slave Quarters and gift shop.
Food and drink (except a small quantity of sealed food items)
Bags larger than 18 x 16 x 8 inches
Animals (except service animals)
Mace or aerosols
Explosives or highly flammable substances
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Access to Arlington House is through Arlington National Cemetery either from the Cemetery’s Parking Garage or by Arlington Cemetery Metro. You cannot drive directly to Arlington House. From the Cemetery Visitor Center you can take the Arlington Cemetery Tour trolley (seperate ticket fee), or walk, about 15-20 minutes from the Security Access Point up a hill to Arlington House. Plan plenty of time to navigate through Arlington Cemetery in order to get to a scheduled ticket tour on time. At least one hour recommended.
Visitors must arrive by the time on their ticket. If late, Arlington House staff has discretion to limit/deny tour enter due to space limitations.
The self-guided tour is restricted to the South Wing of the House only and is managed by placement of rails and a carpeted pathway. The space is monitored by security cameras and alarm systems. Do Not try and touch or get close to historic objects in the house. Look but do not touch.
The North wing and upstairs portions of the house are restricted and open as staffing allows. No tickets are required for the Slave Quarters, Museum and Gardens.
Ticket holders awaiting entry gather at the entrance, which was once the conservatory. Ticket holders should prepare for potential exposure to the sun, wind, rain and extreme temperatures. It is recommended you meet at the entrance 5-10 minutes before yout ticket time.
A ticket is required for anyone over the age of two. Bring your printed ticket provided by Recreation.gov for your tour entry.
During peak season (March-July), demand for tickets is very high. Advance tickets may sell out within minutes.
Individuals may request up to six tickets. Reserve tickets through Recreation.gov. Walk-up tickets only available if not all tickets sold out on Recreation.gov
Day-of walk-up tickets are free and are available ONLY IF Recreation.gov tickets are not already sold out. Due to high demand, it is advisable to secure your tickets for tours on Recreation.gov in advance.