First lady Melania Trump reopens the White House for tours


White House tours are scheduled to reopen this week after a multi-week hiatus, bringing visitors back to what's known as the "People's House" for the first time in the Trump administration.

First lady Melania Trump excitedly announced the big move in a statement released last month.

"I am excited to reopen the White House to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come each year. The White House is a remarkable and historic site and we are excited to share its beauty and history. I am committed to the restoration and preservation of our Nation's most recognizable landmark," she wrote.

Melania Trump during her first 100 days as first lady

But while visits are open to anyone and free of charge, a would-be guest has to do some advance planning before just showing up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Anyone wishing to visit must submit a public tour requests through a member of Congress.

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Those interested are encouraged to inquire sooner rather than later, as space is limited and granted on a "first come, first served basis."

The White House Visitor's Office has been closed since the inauguration, as management and staff had not yet been assigned, notes CNN.

While most tours involve the more public and historic areas of the White House, tourists may get a glimpse of the redecorating that the first lady has started.

She recently hired interior designer Tham Kannalikham, a designer known for classic and subdued taste.

"Mrs. Trump has a deep appreciation for the historical aspects of the White House and with Tham's traditional design and expertise, they are focusing on a seamless integration of elegance and comfort into where the president, the first lady, and Barron will be spending their family time and calling their home," Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, senior adviser to the first lady said In a statement to WWD.