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. Tickets are required for all visitors ages 2 and up.
How to Get Washington Monument Entry Tickets
For entry to the monument September 19, 2019 - October 18, 2019
Same-day, free tickets for opening day (September 19) and all entry through October 18 will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Washington Monument Lodge, located on 15th Street, between Madison Drive, NW and Jefferson Drive, SW. The monument will be open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For entry to the monument beginning October 19, 2019
Starting on October 10 at 10 a.m., advance reservation tickets may be ordered at www.recreation.gov, or by calling 877-444-6777, for entry dates beginning on Oct. 19 (advance reservation tickets require a nominal processing fee). Same-day, free tickets will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis daily, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Washington Monument Lodge. The monument will be open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
What to Expect during your visit:
Signs posted outside the Washington Monument indicate the waiting areas for entry 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 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. 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. Upon reaching the ground floor, passengers exit the elevator and the monument.
Last updated: August 19, 2019