Thing to Do

Reflect on Lincoln's Legacy

Ariel view of the Lincoln memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is an essential place to stop during your visit to the nation's capital. In addition to commemorating the life and legacy of one of our nation's most influential presidents, the Lincoln Memorial has served as a stage for many significant moments in our history. 

Since its dedication in 1922, the Lincoln Memorial has welcomed thousands of visitors to reflect and honor one of our nation's greatest presidents.

The memorial is an open-ended experience, and guests may stay as long as they like.

Climb the steps to the chamber. Here, you'll find two huge murals by Jules Guerin, inscriptions of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural Address, and the iconic statue of Abraham Lincoln by sculptor Daniel Chester French. Be sure to walk around the back side of the memorial for a view of the Arlington Memorial Bridge and the Potomac River. On the lower level, explore a museum area.

Pets are not allowed inside the chamber, and must remain below the white marble steps.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

Nearby major intersections includ 23rd Street & Constitution Ave. NW and 23rd Street & Independence Ave. SW

Via Metro: From Foggy Bottom Metro, head south along 23rd Street until you reach the memorial. From Smithsonian Metro, proceed west past the Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool.

Nighttime is an especially interesting time to visit as the lighting highlights the memorial's features. Visit around dawn to see the chamber with the most direct sunlight. The memorial tends to be most crowded at midday.

Accessibility Information

Elevator access to the chamber level: enter the museum area on the ground floor. The elevator is in the rear of the museum.

Lincoln Memorial

Aerial view of the Lincoln Memorial.
The Lincoln Memorial is an instantly-recognizable icon.



Last updated: May 26, 2017