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The Washington Monument

The Monument has reopened!

After being largely closed since March 2020 due the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington Monument has begun a phased reopening. Please read our reopening guidelines below.

In 2015 the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy reopened the Washington Monument after an 18-month, $7 million dollar restoration. On July 4, 2015–200 years to the day after the Monument’s cornerstone was laid–the Monument was rededicated and reopened to a huge crowd. Those in attendance in both 1815 and 2015 celebrated the Monument’s role as the first in the United States to commemorate American National Independence.

Temporary COVID-19 Visiting Procedures:

Visitors arriving at the Monument’s main entrance will find a welcome sign with the following information:

  • Masks are now “recommended” inside the Monument.
  • A reminder to please practice social distancing.
  • A QR code that can be used on your phone to navigate to this page.

On entering the Monument, we encourage you to use the hand sanitizing station placed near the entrance.

A Conservancy staff member will greet you from a desk behind a sneeze guard. Visitors can pick up a stylus or disposable gloves to use on the Monument’s digital exhibits. Please do not touch the touchscreens directly.

Enjoy the Monument’s beautiful and bold interior, the in-depth interactive exhibitions on the touchtables, or watch several brief videos about the Monument and Mount Vernon Place.

At the end of your visit, leave your stylus in the location designated by Conservancy staff, or dispose of your gloves. The stylus pens are sanitized between visitors.

Hours of Operation:

The Monument is open to the public year round, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

• Wed. through Sun. 10AM – 5PM

Admission to the Monument:

  • Admission to the gallery and digital exhibits is free.

Note: For the safety of visitors and staff, the monument is monitored by closed circuit cameras.

What can I see and do inside the Monument?

The interior of the Monument has two principal visitor spaces: The Gallery, which includes interactive digital exhibits, and The Stair Tower & Lookout.

The Gallery

Visitors to the Monument’s gallery are greeted by a heroic bust of George Washington that has faced the south entrance since 1843. In 1915, a handsome bronze memorial plaque was installed nearby commemorating the Monument’s Centennial.

The restored gallery space includes interactive touchscreens providing a virtual tour of the Monument, both exterior and interior. The virtual tour includes examples of views from the Monument’s several levels, including live camera feeds from the top showing the view in all four directions. The interactive screens also provide a beautifully illustrated history of the building of the Monument, and key moments in the development of the surrounding squares of Mount Vernon Place.  A separate video kiosk provides an overview of the history of the Monument and Mount Vernon Place, as well as videos regarding the Monument’s 2014-15 restoration.

The Stair Tower & Lookout

The stair tower consists for 227 marble steps that spiral to the top through nine rotations. At the top, a lookout area provides magnificent views in four directions. These spaces and the views from the top also be experienced on the digital exhibitions in the Monument’s gallery.


Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring on my visit?

A mask, worn by each visitor, is recommended, with the exception of children under 2. If you don’t have a mask one can be provided.

A camera! Visitors are welcome to photograph and document their trip to the Monument. The use of tripods and drones is prohibited inside the Monument fence and the Monument proper. Commercial photography, or photography intended to promote commercial interests, is not permitted inside the Monument without the express written consent of the Conservancy. (For drone use in Mount Vernon Place, see our page on the Park Squares.)

Water! When the weather is warm, you may want to bring a bottle of water with a closed top. No glass bottles are allowed in the Monument.

What NOT to bring:

• Food and beverages (other than water of course!)
• Glass bottles.
• Pets, with the exception of service dogs.
• Large backpacks or other bags: There are no storage lockers onsite. Whatever bags you bring you will be required to carry at all times.

Is the Monument air-conditioned/heated?

To protect the structural integrity of this masonry building, the Monument is not air-conditioned. Be sure to dress appropriately if you are visiting in the hot summer months.

In the wintertime the Gallery level is moderately heated.

Are their restrooms or concessions at the Monument?

No. We encourage visitors to plan in advance if they think they might need to use a restroom or have snacks while visiting the Monument.

Group reservations and tours:

At this time the Conservancy is not booking group reservations. We hope to open them again in the near future.

I’m not able to visit the monument. How can I learn more about it?

Please click on the “Digital Exhibits” tab on the homepage of our website to access the virtual visitor experience.  This is the same module that is available on-site, except that it does not incorporate live camera feeds from the top.  You can also access videos about the Monument Restoration process at Conservancy Videos or visit our Facebook page which served as a restoration blog during 2014-15 restoration–including many behind-the-scenes photographs of the project.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the reopened Washington Monument. Please email if you have questions or call 410-962-5070. Have a wonderful visit!

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