Your guide to Washington Monument tour and ticket information for groups and individuals visiting the nation’s capital.
After being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington Monument is open again! Visitors can book tours now. If you’re looking to get tickets to the top or learn more, read below for 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.
What is the first date that groups can visit the Washington Monument?
The Washington Monument reopened to the public on July 14, 2021 at 9 a.m. EST. Walk-up tickets and large group reservations are currently unavailable.
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. This fee is non-refundable.
How do I acquire advance reservation tickets to the Washington Monument?
Tickets become available daily at 10 a.m. for the next day’s visits (for example, if you are planning to visit on July 21, you can reserve tickets at recreation.gov beginning at 10 a.m. on July 20). Tickets will be valid for up to four (4) people travelling together. Tickets are required for all group members, including infants.
What are the ticketed time slots and how many tickets are available per time slot?
The Washington Monument is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (last available tour ticket at 4 p.m.) except for Dec. 25, July 4 and part of July 3. The monument closes daily from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for cleaning. Approximately 10 tickets will be available for each half-hour slot during operating hours.
How will the tickets be delivered?
Visitors can access purchased tickets via confirmation email or by visiting “My Reservations” on Recreation.gov. All visitors must print their tickets in advance or have their tickets available to view on a mobile device. Please ensure you have these tickets prior to arriving at the Washington Monument.
Can tickets be returned?
Yes, tickets can be cancelled until 2 p.m. the day prior to the tour. The convenience fee for purchase is non-refundable. In the case that the Monument must close, tickets will not be exchanged or refunded.
What time should visitors arrive before their ticketed time?
Visitors must arrive by the time on their ticket. If late, National Mall and Memorial Parks staff has discretion to limit/deny monument entry.
How do I acquire same-day tickets for the Washington Monument?
Day-of walk-up tickets are unavailable until further notice. Advanced reservations are required.
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.
- Face coverings are required for all individuals over the age of two.
- 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.
- Check online for a full list of restricted items.
What is the tour flow after security?
- Visitors will be directed to the Washington Monument's ground floor lobby.
- 4-8 people will be allowed onto the elevator from the hallway by a National Park Service Ranger.
- The express ascent to the top floor (500 feet above the ground) lasts approximately 70 seconds.
- Groups will have 10 minutes at the observation level.
- At the end of that time, a park ranger will help you board the elevator for the 70-second descent.
How many people can be at the top of the Washington Monument at the same time?
4-8 people will be allowed onto the elevator from the hallway by a National Park Service Ranger. Daily capacity has been limited by almost half to accommodate for social distancing protocols.
Is there still a stairway tour?
No, stairway tours are no longer available.
Will the Washington Monument have extended hours during the busy season?
Not at the moment. During peak season (March-July), demand for tickets is very high. Advance tickets may sell out within minutes.
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.
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