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Everything You Need to Know About Washington Monument Tours & Tickets

Everything you need to know about Washington Monument tours and tickets in Washington, DC

Your guide to Washington Monument tour and ticket information for groups and individuals visiting the nation’s capital.

The recently renovated Washington Monument reopened to the public on Sept. 19, 2019. Looking to get tickets to the top or learn more about tour information? Below are some helpful tips for both groups and individuals to keep in mind when visiting the iconic monument built to honor George Washington, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first president of the United States.

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What is the first date that groups can visit the Washington Monument?

Groups can begin visiting the Washington Monument on Oct. 19, 2019 at 10 a.m. EST.

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Where can I reserve tickets in advance?

Advance reservation tickets can be reserved online through recreation.gov. While visiting the Washington Monument is free, a convenience fee of $1 USD will be charged for each ticket reserved in advance. This fee is non-refundable.

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How do I acquire advance reservation tickets to the Washington Monument?

Advance reservation tickets are released on a daily rolling basis three (3) months in advance of the desired tour date. This means that on Oct. 20, 2019, the tickets for Jan. 20, 2020 will become available.

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What are the ticketed time slots and how many tickets are available per time slot?

  • Group advance reservation time slots: The daily time slots available for groups are on the top of the hour as follows: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
    Number of tickets per time slot: 55
  • Individual advance reservation time slots: The daily time slots available for individual advanced reservation tickets are on the hourly half hour as follows: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
    Number of tickets per time slot: 25-30
  • Individual walk-up information: Individuals can attain day-of tickets beginning at 8:30 a.m. Each individual can receive up to six (6) tickets. 9 a.m. tours are reserved for day-of tickets.
    Number of tickets per time slot: 25-30

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How many tickets can be reserved through the group portal at one time?

Groups can reserve up to 55 tickets per time slot.

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How will the tickets be delivered?

Groups will receive electronic tickets. Each person will need an individual ticket to be scanned at the time of the tour. These tickets can be scanned electronically or printed and given to each tour participant.

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Can tickets be returned?

Yes, tickets can be returned two (2) days before the schedule tour time. The convenience fee for purchase is non-refundable.

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What time should groups arrive before their ticketed time?

Groups should arrive 15 minutes before their ticketed time. Tour leaders should check-in with the National Park Service ranger before instructing the group to line up.

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What is security like at the Washington Monument?

The Washington Monument renovations have led to adjustments in security procedures. Please keep in mind:

  • It is best to bring as little to the Washington Monument as possible. Water is only allowed in clear plastic bottles. Individuals do need to pass through a security area similar to an airport.
  • Once there is room, six (6) people go up to the entry of the security building.
  • The six (6) people go through the security screening and then stand next to the screener.
  • The group then moves to a small hallway leading to the elevator.

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What is the tour flow after security?

  • 12-18 people will be allowed onto the elevator from the hallway by a National Park Service ranger.
  • No park ranger will accompany the group in the elevator, but a video will play.
  • At the top of the monument, a park ranger will direct the group to follow the path to the right.
  • A staircase will lead individuals to the second level for exhibits.
  • The elevator will take groups down as the need arises.
  • As the elevator descends, a second video will play and marker stones will be pointed out.

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How many people can be at the top of the Washington Monument at the same time?

45 people can be on each of the two upper levels at one time.

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Is there still a stairway tour?

No, stairway tours are no longer available.

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Will the Washington Monument have extended hours during the busy season?

Yes, extended hours will begin April 1, 2020 and run through Sept. 7, 2020 (Labor Day). Additional group slots of 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. will be available for advance reservations.

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Please note that this information is meant to serve as a guide for the first few months of operation. Information may be modified at any time, as the flow of visitation is monitored during the first few months of operation. This fact sheet is not an official communication from the National Park Service.