Interesting Facts about the Washington Monument
This article provides interesting facts about the Washington Monument and information you must know if you would like to tour the monument.
- Physical Characteristics
- Important Admission Ticket Information
- Best Way to Get Tickets
The Washington Monument, located in Washington, D.C., was erected to honor George Washington, the leader of the drive for independence and first president of the United States. Construction of the monument began in 1848 under the auspices of the Washington Monument Society. The Society ran out of money in 1854 and construction of the monument was halted. Twenty-five years later the United States Government took over construction of the project and the monument was subsequently completed in 1884.
The Washington Monument is 555 feet, 5 1/8 inches tall. The monument is shaped in the form of an Egyptian obelisk. The monument is two different colors because a different stone quarry was used when the United States Government took over construction of the monument. At the time the new stone looked the same as the stone used from the first quarry, but over time, age and weathering has created a distinct color difference between the bottom 1/3 of the monument and the upper 2/3’s of the monument.
Admission to the Washington Monument is free. The hours of operation are from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time. Although admission to the monument is free, tickets are required to enter the monument. Issuance of tickets is utilized to control the flow and number of visitors into the monument.
Important Admission Ticket Information
Tickets are issued beginning at 8:30AM Eastern Standard Time at the Washington Monument Lodge located on 15th Street. The tickets are same day, timed tickets. Each person in line can get up to 6 tickets and select a preferred visit time (of those times still available) of when they would like to visit the monument. The line for tickets starts forming at 7 AM Eastern Standard Time during peak season, April thru September). Only a certain number of tickets are distributed per day. If you arrive at 8:30 AM Eastern Standard Time you risk not getting a ticket.
Best Way to Get Tickets
A certain number of tickets are distributed online and therefore the best way to obtain tickets is to reserve them online at http://www.recreation.gov. There is a $1.50 service charge per ticket. Visit the National Park Service website for the most current and up to date information.