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Hot Ticket: Reservations Reopen For Tours Of Washington Monument

The Washington Monument will soon be open to visitors once again.
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The Washington Monument will soon be open to visitors once again.

The Washington Monument is scheduled to reopen to the public on May 12. For those looking to climb the repaired monument, the National Park Service has started accepting ticket reservations today.

Tickets for opening day are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Washington Monument Lodge, on 15th Street between Madison and Jefferson drives. Tours will officially start at 1 p.m. on May 12.

For tours on May 13 and beyond, visitors can make reservations at Recreation.gov. As of 12 p.m. Wednesday, tickets for the Saturday following the reopening have already sold out.

The monument will be operating extended hours for the summer, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

It's been nearly three years since a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the D.C. region. Among the more conspicuous casualties was the 555-foot monument, which suffered more than 150 cracks to the structure.

Though visitors have been barred from climbing its steps for more than 32 months while repairs were underway, the monument's closure did offer the District some memorable sights:

The repair project cost $15 million, with $7.5 million being donated by billionaire history buff and philanthropist David Rubenstein. The other $7.5 million will be paid for by Congress.

In years past, the National Park Service estimates that 700,000 visitors climbed the 897 steps to the top (or took the elevator).

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