From day one, the President and First Lady have made opening the doors of the White House a priority. "It’s the “People’s House,” as Mrs. Obama often calls it, “It’s a place that is steeped in history, but it’s also a place where everyone should feel welcome. And that's why my husband and I have made it our mission to open up the house to as many people as we can."
And, because experiencing the White House shouldn't be limited to the those who are able to visit in person, the Obama Administration has taken steps to offer unprecedented access to the “People’s House” virtually, from an online interactive tour, to Google Art Project platform and the “Inside the White House” video series.
In the spirit of openness, White House curator William Allman sat down for a special session of Office Hours today on Twitter to answer your questions about the art and history of the White House. During the chat, he discussed who manages the art, the oldest piece in the building, the Obama’s favorite and more.
Check out the full Q&A below or on Storify, and take a tour of the White House yourself through the Google Art Project.