Reflect at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Aerial view of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
Aerial view of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

NPS Photo by USPP

Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to take in the Tidal Basin and contemplate quotes from King's lifelong perseverance for freedom and equality.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a minister and an activist who is best known for his role as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He was an eloquent speaker and writer and composed the famous "I Have a Dream" speech, which he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

As you explore the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, you will have views of quotes from throughout King's lifetime and of a striking sculpture of the civil rights leader. You will also have views of cherry trees and the Tidal Basin.

Ranger programs and site tours are available throughout the day. Look for signs in the memorial for the next program's location and start time. Ask a ranger if you have questions about the memorial! See a full listing of park ranger programs on the Schedule of Events.


Pets are not allowed on the grounds of the memorial. Service animals are permitted without exception.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

Physical Address: 

1850 West Basin Drive SW
WashingtonDC 20024 

Washington DC gets to see all four seasons. Humidity will make the temps feel hotter in summer and colder in winter. Spring (March - May) Temp: Average high is 65.5 degrees with a low of 46.5 degrees Summer (June - August) Temp: Average high is 86 degrees with a low of 68.5 degrees Fall (September - November) Temp: Average high is 68 degrees with a low of 51.5 degrees Winter (December - February) Temp: Average high is 45 degrees with a low of 30 degrees (Source:

Always Open

The sites of National Mall and Memorial Parks (other than the Washington Monument) are always open to the public. Restrooms, museums and elevators close in the evenings (check individual sites for hours)

Rangers on Duty

Rangers are on Duty to assist the Visiting Public from 9:30 am to 10:00 pm daily (except christmas). The United States Park Police are on Duty 24 hours a day.


Accessibility Information

The sidewalks and approaches to the Washington Monument are ADA compliant.

Service animals are allowed in national parks. For a definition of a service animal, please see the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) definition.

Last updated: October 2, 2018