The White House has 132 rooms and its own restaurant. Here's what it's like inside Joe Biden's new home.

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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will work and live in the White House for the next four years. Background: Andrea Izzotti/Shutterstock; Inlay: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Welcome to the White House, the most famous home in America where Joe Biden will live for the next four years.

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The White House seen from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. iStock / Getty Images Plus

It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington, DC, between the US Treasury and Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

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Aerial view of the White House taken on September 18, 2009. Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images

He officially moved into the White House with his wife, Jill, and their two dogs, Major and Champ, on January 20.

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President Joe Biden poses with dogs Champ and Major on February 9, 2021, in the Oval Office. Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz

In a recent CNN town hall, President Biden described his new home as "a gilded cage, in terms of being able to walk outside and do things."

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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden wave from the North Portico of the White House on January 20, 2021. Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images

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The massive building contains three connected but distinct sections: the East Wing, the West Wing, and the Executive Residence in the middle. Two colonnades run between them.

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Arrows show the locations of the White House's three sections. Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images

In total, the White House has 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 412 doors, and 28 fireplaces.

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The Bidens (front), Kamala Harris, and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, in the White House State Dining Room on January 21, 2021. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The six-story Executive Residence building is the White House's largest, consisting of two basement levels, a ground floor where building staff work, a state floor for events and receptions, and two floors where the first family lives and sleeps.

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The South Portico of the Executive Residence on March 20, 2009. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The oval-shaped Blue Room on the state floor is used by the president to formally receive guests. It boasts blue upholstery, blue curtains, and blue carpet and has stayed the same color since 1837.

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Then-President Donald Trump speaks during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House on January 22, 2017. AP

To the left and right of the Blue Room are two parlors for entertaining. One, featuring bright red walls, is called the Red Room.

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The Red Room pictured September 17, 2019. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

The other parlor, featuring green walls, is called the Green Room.

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The Green Room is decorated for the holidays on November 29, 2016. Andrew Harnik/AP

The East Room is the largest room in the Executive Residence. It is used for speeches, ceremonies, concerts, receptions, and dances.

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Then-President Donald Trump shares remarks in the East Room on April 18, 2019. Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour

The State Dining Room is where official meals, including state dinners, take place. It can seat as many as 140 guests.

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The State Dining Room of the White House on November 6, 2007. Shealah Craighead/The White House/Getty Images

The Lincoln Bedroom, containing furnishings from Abraham Lincoln's era, is one of several private living spaces reserved for the first family on the Executive Residence's top two floors.

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Then-First Lady Laura Bush stands in the newly refurbished Lincoln bedroom of the White House on February 8, 2007. Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post/Getty Images

The Yellow Oval Room, located above the Blue Room, acts as the first family's formal living room.

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Ronald and Nancy Reagan entertain the king and queen of Sweden on November, 22, 1981. David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

On the top floor is the solarium, nicknamed the 'sky parlor' by Former First Lady Grace Coolidge. It boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and opens up to a private balcony.

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Ronald and Nancy Reagan relax in the Solarium on October 15, 1981. David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

Throughout the home, there are several rooms for recreation. Beneath the North Portico in the Executive Residence basement is a one-lane bowling alley ...

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The bowling alley pictured on April 29, 2019. Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

... and a cinema room runs almost the full length of the East Colonnade. Here, presidents and their families can see any movie they want at any time of the day - even before they come out in theaters.

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Then-President Barack Obama welcomes service members and their families to a screening of Men in Black 3 in the Family Theater on May 25, 2012. Pete Souza/The White House/Getty Images

The East Wing is home to the offices of the White House private secretary, first lady, and their respective staff.

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Then-First Lady Laura Bush takes Michelle Obama for a private tour of the artwork in the East Wing on January 20, 2009. Charles Ommanney/Getty Images

Though not recognized on any public White House map, there is a bunker below the East Wing where White House officials sheltered during 9/11. A second bunker is located beneath the North Lawn.

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Then-Vice President Cheney with senior staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center on September 11, 2001. U.S. National Archives

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It is also where public tours of the White House begin.

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The East Wing hallway is decorated for the holidays on November 29, 2016. Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

The West Wing is where the president's staff members work and contains some of the most notable rooms in the White House.

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A Marine stands guard outside of the West Wing of the White House on January 18, 2021. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Among them is the Oval Office. It is the president's formal workspace, where he meets or takes calls with with heads of state, diplomats, and his staff.

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The Oval Office pictured on the first day of President Joe Biden's administration on January 20, 2021. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

The Oval Office is home to the famous Resolute Desk, which dates back to the 1800s and weighs over 1,000 pounds.

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President Joe Biden prepares to sign a series of executive orders at the Resolute Desk on January 20, 2021. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

There are also several paintings, busts, and other decorations. Presidents decorate the office to their taste.

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A sculpted bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sits in President Joe Biden's redesigned Oval Office. Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Right outside the Oval Office is the Rose Garden, used for special ceremonies and to greet distinguished guests.

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The White House Rose Garden pictured on August 22, 2020. Erin Scott/Reuters

The West Colonnade walkway, also referred to as the "45-second commute" by insiders, leads from the Oval Office to the Rose Garden and to the official residence.

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Then-President Donald Trump walks with the Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, along the West Colonnade. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

The Cabinet Room is where the president meets with his ministers. It's customary for the president to sit near the center of the table.

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Then-President Donald Trump presides over a meeting members of Congress in the Cabinet Room on January 9, 2018. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In the basement is the Situation Room, a 5,000 square-foot complex where the president receives intelligence and crisis support. It is run by staff from the National Security Council.

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Then-President Donald Trump meets with members of his cabinet on September 26, 2017, in the Situation Room. Joyce N. Boghosian/The White House via AP

A few rooms over, the US Navy operates a restaurant known as the Navy Mess and Ward Room.

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The Mess dining facility is run by the US Navy. White House

One of the West Wing's most photographed rooms is the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room where the White House press secretary gives briefings to the news media.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki conducts her first news conference of the Biden Administration in the Brady Press Briefing Room on January 20, 2021. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Roosevelt Room is often used to announce appointments and nominations of new staff members. It features paintings of both Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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The Roosevelt Room pictured on August 22, 2017. Alex Wong/Getty Images

The office of the vice president is also located in the West Wing. Like the Oval Office, it consists of a desk and sitting area.

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Vice President Kamala Harris sits in her West Wing office on January 21, 2021. @VP/Twitter

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