The Washington Monument is nearing completion of a $15 million restoration following a 5.8 earthquake on Aug. 23, 2011. The scaffolding is nearly gone from the 555 foot, 5 1/8 inch memorial to our first president that includes no cement to hold the 36,000 stones.
There will be a reopening ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 12 with public tours beginning 1 p.m. Reservations for online tickets begin April 16.
“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. “We are grateful for David Rubenstein’s generous donation that funded half of the $15 million repair bill. David’s support of the national parks and the work of the National Park Service sets a high standard for park philanthropy nationwide and is appreciated by every visitor who will learn something about President Washington or simply enjoy the view from the top.”