Tour Guidelines & Policies

To ensure a positive experience for all, Washington Place asks all visitors to observe and adhere to a few guidelines. It is all of our kuleana (responsibility) to preserve this home and its historical treasures for future generations.

Wheelchair/Stroller Access

The entrance to Washington Place is a paved pathway and accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. The brick pathway located on the left-hand side at the front of Washington Place allows access into the home. The brick pathway on the right-hand side at the front of Washington Place allows access to the outdoor lanāi.

Strollers are allowed for the first-floor portion of the tour. Strollers may be left on the first floor and asked if the adult can carry and/or assist the child up the stairs and throughout the second floor. If the adult requests the stroller for the second floor, it is at the discretion of the Docent and/or Staff to comply. If approved, the adult will need to carry the stroller up a staircase of 24 steps. Strollers may be parked outside of Washington Place prior to the tour.

Smoking, Food, and Beverages

Smoking is prohibited on state property. Tobacco use of any kind including electronic cigarettes is not permissible at any time on property. No food or beverages, including candy and gum are allowed inside Washington Place.

Personal Belongings

No oversize bags (bags larger than 16 x 16 x 8 inches) are allowed inside Washington Place. Visitors may leave their bags on the glass lanāi and/or on the porch at the front of Washington Place. It is at the discretion of the Docent conducting the tour to allow the visitor to carry the oversize bag in front of their body the entire duration of the tour.


No animals are permitted on state property with the exception of professionally trained service animals.

Photography, Filming, Videotaping, and Audio Recording

Washington Place reserves the right to deny any request for photography, filming, videotaping, and audio recording.

Flash photography, video and/or audio recording are not permitted on the premises and of any volunteer or staff member during the tour unless prior consent has been obtained. Tripods, mono pods, or “selfie sticks” are not permitted inside Washington Place.

Photography for Personal Use

Visitors are welcome to photograph only Washington Place interior, exterior, and grounds for personal and educational use unless otherwise indicated by signs. Some exhibits and interior space at Washington Place may be restricted to no photography due to loan conditions, and/or preventative conservation measures for the historical items and home. These areas will always have designated signs.

Professional Photography and Filming

Permission for press, commercial and non-profit use or other professional photography, filming, videotaping, and audio recording requires prior approval from the State of Hawaiʻi Film Office and Washington Place.

For information concerning permissions for professional photograph and filming please visit our events and filming request page.

No photographs in Washington Place may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission.

Research Requests

Washington Place is not a public archive or reference library, but the Curator of Washington Place may be able to provide historical information about Washington Place. Information on collection items may also be available.

Inquiries should be submitted in writing to the Curator of Washington Place at:

320 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813

Requests will be handled as time permits.