Basic Information

2 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 200024

GPS Coordinates: 38.889463, -77.035237 Address: 2 15th St. NW Washington, D.C. Nearest Intersection: 15th St. & Madison Dr. NW

Regular Hours

Operating Hours The Washington Monument is open daily except July 4 and December 25. Regular Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Last tour begins by 4:00 p.m.

Standard Hours

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Additional Information

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:

Entrance Fees:

Advanced Ticket Reservation Fee - $1.50

Order advance tickets online or call 1.877.444.6777 for individual tickets or 1.877.559.6777 for group reservations. There is a $1.50 service charge per ticket. Though Washington Monument tickets are free; reservation and mailing services are available through for a fee; these fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. These tickets may be picked up at the “will call” window of the Washington Monument Lodge on the day of your tour. Tickets are available 3 months in advance of the date you are requesting.

Entrance Passes:

Same Day Pick Up Ticket - $0.00

Free Tickets: The Washington Monument Lodge, located along 15th Street, opens at 8:30 a.m. for distribution of free, same day, timed tickets on a first-come first-served basis. One person may obtain up to six tickets as well as request their preferred ticket time. All visitors (including children ages 2+) must have a ticket to enter the Washington Monument.


Visit D.C.'s Centerpiece

Get a bird's eye view of the nation's capital from the Washington Monument. This popular attraction is limited to ticketholders only. Tickets are required for all visitors ages 2 and up.

Monument Lodge
Tickets are available at the Washington Monument Lodge located on 15th Street.


Get Tour Tickets

There are two ways to get tickets: get free, same-day tickets at the ticket window, or pay a fee to make advance reservations.

Free Tickets: Get free Washington Monument tickets at the Washington Monument Lodge on 15th Street adjacent to the Washington Monument (map). Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Supplies are limited.

Advance Reservations: Order Washington Monument tickets to make advance reservations. Nonrefundable service fees apply. Supplies are limited.

All tickets are for a specific time to report to the Washington Monument.


The waiting area is outdoors and exposed to sun, wind, ambient temperature, and precipitation. No bathrooms, water, food, or other amenities are available inside the Washington Monument. The nearest restrooms are in the Washington Monument Lodge.

Visitors who are uncomfortable with heights, enclosed spaces, crowding, and elevators should consider that the Washington Monument involves all these factors.

For your safety, the Washington Monument may be closed for unsuitable weather conditions including high wind and thunderstorms. Tickets will be voided for the affected tour times.

Washington Monument at sunset.
Washington Monument


What to Expect on the Tour

Signs posted outside the Washington Monument indicate the waiting areas for tour times. The waiting area is located on the east side of the Washington Monument inside the circle of flags. Rangers will direct you to the security screening area in small groups. All visitors are subject to security screening. Weapons, strollers, and bulky items are prohibited. Wheelchairs are permitted.

You will be directed to the Washington Monument's ground floor lobby. A park ranger will help you board the elevator and provide commentary on the express ascent to the top floor 500 feet above the ground. The ride lasts approximately 70 seconds.

Visitors may tour the 500' level observation deck at their leisure. Visitors then proceed down the steps to the 490' level museum. Visitors with limited mobility may take the elevator to the museum level from the 500' level when it is available.

The 490' level contains exhibits and is where visitors enter the queue to reboard the elevator for the descent. Rangers will help you board the elevator and provide commentary on the approximately 2-minute descent. The elevator slows in preprogrammed areas of the monument to provide passengers with views of select areas of the monument's interior. Upon reaching the ground floor, passengers exit the elevator and the monument.
Icon of Map Showing Washington Monument


Maps and Directions

Use National Mall and Memorial Parks award-winning wayfinding
system of maps and pylons to navigate your way around the National Mall.

Or visit our Directions page to find your way here by public transportation,
bicycle, car, or air.

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial at night


Hours and Seasons

National Mall and Memorial Parks is open 24 hours a day. The early evening and morning hours are beautiful and tranquil times to visit.

Please visit the Operating Hours and Seasons for more information on staffing, facility, and museum hours.

Visitors biking in front of Washington Monument
Ranger-led bike tour.

NPS Photo

Things To Do
Use the links below to discover more about visiting the iconic monument and memorial protected by National Mall and Memorial Parks.But don't stop there!

Visit our Things to Do and Schedule of Events pages to discover a wide of array of activities from paddle boats and bike tours to nighttime walks with a park ranger.

Last updated: March 31, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington , DC 20024


(202) 426-6841

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