The Washington MonumentEven today, the Washington Monument is the tallest free standing stone monolith in the world. Drawing a million visitors a year from all over the world, the Washington Monument is a focal point of the capital city. The Washington Monument is near the end of a multi-year restoration to repair years of wear and tear. All of the exterior caulking between the stones has been replaced with restoration work focusing on the monument's interior. Visitors will see a new and improved Washington Monument including a new elevator car with windows, new air conditioning and heating
Aluminum Peak for the Washington MonumentSurprisingly, the very tip of the Washington Monument is a small, 100-ounce pyramid made of aluminum. Originally emplaced as part of the structure's lightning protection apparatus, the aluminum pyramid was so rare in the late 19th century, that is was actually displayed before
Truman First President to Ascend the Washington MonumentIt wasn't until 1946 that an American president, Harry Truman, made the short journey to the top of the monument to peer out over Washington D.C. Visitors used to be able to climb the 897 steps to the top, but they were closed to climbing in 1971. In 1976, the stairs were closed for good. The large amount of visitors was causing wear and tear on the monument and park officials
Hours of Operation and LocationThe Washington Monument is open from 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. from the months of April to September. The rest of the year visitor hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Tickets to the monument are required but they can be picked up for free from a ticket kiosk on 15th Street near the monument's base. Ticketmaster of Washington D.C. also provides tickets in advance for a service fee.
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