Washington Monument Tour

Washington Monument

Purchasing Tickets: Due to COVID-19, the Washington Monument is now allowing visitors to purchase 1 ticket, which will be valid for up to 4 people within a family or friends group travelling together. All persons, infant to adult, count as one person on the ticket. Advance reservations are required. Tickets listed as “Not Yet Released” will become available one-day before the tour date at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Until further notice, walk up tickets and group reservations will not be available. 

Health and Safety: In accordance with local and federal requirements, including CDC and U.S. Public Health Service recommendations, a comprehensive safety program has been implemented at the Washington Monument that includes timed ticketing, limited entries, physical distancing, and additional cleaning and safety measures to ensure the health and safety of visitors and employees. These measures include:

• Significantly reduced elevator capacity, limiting trips to 4-8 passengers to allow for physical distancing.

Face coverings are required for all individuals over the age of two while inside the monument to account for physical distance limitations. Visitors must supply their own masks.

• Touchless check-in.

• Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the monument.

• Time limit at 500’ observation level of 10 minutes per group.

• A closure each day from 1 to 2 p.m. for cleaning and disinfecting using antiviral disinfectant cleaners recommended by the CDC and registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Please plan ahead: All visitors MUST print their tickets in advance or have their tickets available to view on a mobile device. Please review printing directions in the Need to Know section.

Ticket holders awaiting entry gather on the plaza benches near the monument entrance. Ticket holders should prepare for potential exposure to the sun, wind, rain and extreme temperatures. There are no restrooms, drinking water, food, or other amenities within the monument. The Washington Monument Lodge located on 15th Street has restrooms available to the public.  

Access to the monument is secured by the United States Park Police. Visitor screening is to prevent prohibited items and other threats from entering the monument. This screening program is similar to what is done at airports and other federal buildings.  No storage is available for prohibited items.

Upon entering the monument visitors ascend via elevator to the 500-foot level to behold sweeping views of the city. At the 500' Observation Level, visitors will have 10 minutes to enjoy the views and speak with a Ranger. A 70 second elevator decent will conclude the trip. To learn more about Washington the man, the engineering marvel of the monument, and the design of the city named in his honor, Rangers will be available at each level to provide insight into the stories of this legacy. 

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