Get a bird's eye view of the nation's capital from the Washington Monument, the nation’s grandest memorial to the Father of His Country! Timed tickets are required to ride the elevator to the 500 foot observation deck. Tickets are required for all visitors ages 2 and up.
How to Get Washington Monument Entry Tickets
Advance reservation tickets may be ordered online at Recreation.gov (1.877.444.6777) 90-days in advance for a non-refundable reservation fee of $1.00 per ticket. All orders are final. Individuals may request up to six tickets. Groups may request a maximum of 55 tickets. Groups must reserve tickets through Recreation.gov. Advance reservation holders can retrieve tickets via their Recreation.gov account, confirmation email, or by downloading the Recreation.gov mobile app.
What to Expect during your visit:
Signs posted outside the Washington Monument indicate the waiting areas for specific entry times. The waiting area is located on the east side of the Washington Monument inside the circle of flags. Park 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. For a full list of restricted items click HERE.
You will be directed to the Washington Monument's ground floor lobby. A Park Ranger will help you board the elevator for the express ascent to the top floor 500 feet above the ground. The ride lasts approximately 70 seconds.
Visitors may enter 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. Park Rangers will help you board the elevator. 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 viewing some of the 193 Commemorative Stones set in the stairwell walls. Upon reaching the ground floor, passengers exit the elevator and the monument.
Last updated: December 6, 2019