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The Lincoln Memorial


Facing the National Mall, the Memorial honors one of the United States' most popular presidents - Abraham Lincoln. The 16th president of the USA had a tough row to hoe, leading the country during the only civil war it's engaged in. Responsible for the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed African American slaves from their bonds of servitude, President Lincoln's place in history is profound. Constructed between 1914 and 1922, the Memorial is a fitting tribute in the Nation's Capital.



  • Open 24/7 except Dec. 25.


  • Free


Take a bus tour to the Lincoln Memorial with Tourmobile and leave your rental car at the hotel


  • Visit at midnight or anytime - Open to the Public 24-hours a Day
  • Tour the Memorial
  • Interpretive activities with Ranger
  • Ask questions of Park Ranger


The Memorial is open to the public 24/7. National Park Service rangers are available to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. They also conduct interpretive programs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the hour. Many visitors arrive by bus tour. Tourmobile, a bus tour company, is the official visitor transportation and interpretive service of the National Mall and Memorial Parks.


Some of the myths surrounding the Lincoln Memorial might raise eyebrows, and they do give potential National Treasure hunters pause. One myth is that Robert E. Lee's profile is carved into the hair of President Lincoln's statue. Another is that the number of steps leading up to the Memorial have some significance-there is none. Another myth is that President Lincoln's hand is engaged in sign language with a secret message and that his hands spell "A" and "L" for his initials. Finally, Abraham Lincoln is not buried beneath the memorial like many people believe. All are fun to speculate about - but none are facts.


  • Where is parking available?
    There is private paid parking at lots north of the National Mall in downtown Washington, DC. Free street parking is available for no more than 2 hours, and there is also daylong parking on Ohio Drive, SW, or the lots of the Jefferson Memorial.
  • Are there any fees required?
    There are no fees for visiting the Lincoln Memorial. If you're planning a special event there, you might need a permit.