Built in tribute to George Washington, Founding Father and the first President of the United States, the Washington Monument is a shining centerpiece of the National Mall. Standing 555 feet tall, the Egyptian-style marble obelisk was designed by Robert Mills and constructed in two phases from 1848-1884. Explore the history exhibits before embarking on a ranger-led elevator ride to a 500-foot-high observation deck. There, you'll get a bird's-eye view of Washington, DC landmarks like the White House, the Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Arboretum, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Potomac River. Once claiming title as the world's tallest building, the Washington Monument remains the tallest stone structure on Earth.
Entry to the monument is free, however tickets are required. Visit the National Park Service website for ticketing information.
Open daily from 9am-5pm (Labor Day-Memorial Day); 9am-10pm (Memorial Day-Labor Day), except July 4th and December 25th.
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What is inside the monument?
The Washington Monument is home to a museum, where visitors can explore exhibits about the landmark's storied history. Visitors can take a 70-second elevator ride up 500 feet to the observation deck to see iconic Washington, DC landmarks and monuments. After your visit, hop aboard the elevator for Ranger stories and details during the two-minute descent. The bookstore at the monument's base features books, gifts and souvenirs.
Will tours of the monument be suspended during bad weather?
For the safety of all visitors, the National Park Service reserves the right to close the Washington Monument during inclement weather conditions, including high wind, snowstorms and thunderstorms. Visitors should note that during such closures, all tickets will be voided for the affected tour times.