Washington Monument in D.C. open again for visitors

WashingtonMonumentHead to the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. May 12 or any time after that to once again check out the view from the top.

The monument is reopening after a 32-month closure to repair damage caused by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake Aug. 23, 2011. The restoration included repairs to more than 150 cracks in the structure.

The National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall will host a re-opening ceremony at 10 a.m. May 12. Public tours of the Washington Monument will begin at 1 p.m. with tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 a.m. that day at the Washington Monument Lodge, located on 15th Street, between Madison and Jefferson drives.

Tickets for tours on May 13 and all future dates are on the NPS reservation page..

"We are delighted to be in the homestretch with the repairs to the Washington Monument almost complete, and we look forward to the re-opening on May 12 so we can once again welcome visitors to this iconic monument to our nation's first president," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

The National Park Service will begin extended operating hours for the Washington Monument on May 12. The monument will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through the summer.

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