Due to an earthquake on August 23, 2011, the Washington Memorial is closed to the public. It is, however, one of the most iconic memorials in the Nation's Capital with a storied history, and still popular to view from a distance. The marble obelisk stands at one end of the National Mall, a tribute to the first president of the United States and one of its Founding Fathers, George Washington. It is the tallest stone structure in the world.
Bike Tours start at Jefferson Memorial
Junior Ranger Events
Take a historic tour
Walk along the National Mall
Take a tour (when it reopens)
Kids can become a Junior Ranger
View from the Top
The observation deck is 500 feet in the sky. There are 8 windows from which to look, and one can see all of Washington, DC as well as parts of Maryland and Virginia. Some points of interest to look for include the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Tidal Basin, the Jefferson Memorial, the Potomac River, and the National Arboretum.
Inside the Monument
When in operation, the elevator ride up 500 feet to the observation deck takes approximately 70 seconds. During that time, a National Park Ranger provides facts and commentary. After looking around the observation deck, visitors take the stairs down 10 feet to the Museum. After visiting the Museum, board the elevator to descend. The elevator ride takes 2 minutes and has commentary as well as slow-downs to see views of the Monument’s interior.
Can I go inside the Washington Monument?
After the repairs to the Monument have been completed, the public will be able to enter it again. Advance reservations for tickets for visitors over the age of 2 can be obtained by going online or at the ticket window. Tickets have time blocks and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
How tall in the Monument?
Here are the facts: the Washington Monument is 555 feet and 5 1/8 inches tall.