First in War, First in Peace, First in the Hearts of his Countrymen

Built to honor George Washington, the United States' first president, the 555-foot marble obelisk towers over Washington, D.C. The Washington Monument is currently closed to visitors to allow for modernization of the elevator.

Painting of George Washington

The Father of His Country

George Washington was perhaps the one indispensable man among the founders.

People sitting on a bench waiting to go into the Washington Monument


You can't get to the top of the Washington Monument without a ticket. Learn how to get them here!

Photo of partially completed Washington Monument

"To the immortal memory of Washington.."

A timeline shows how the plans to memorialize America's first president were realized over more than half a cenutry.

Aerial  photo of Washington Monument

Through the Years

From concept to construction to completion, the Washington Monument has been a focal point of the nation's capital for more than 150 years.

Last updated: September 17, 2019

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