The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the early Continental Army and the first American president. Hailed as the father of his country, and the leader who was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”, George Washington (1732–1799) was the dominant military and political leader of the new United States of America from 1775 to 1798. Even his erstwhile enemy King George III called him “the greatest character of the age”. The monument stands due east of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial.
The monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet 5 1⁄8 inches (169.294 m) tall. Taller monumental columns exist, but they are neither all stone nor true obelisks.
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.
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
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