Washington Monument Reopens to the Public May 12

The monument was damaged by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that occurred Aug. 23, 2011, from a fault located in Virginia.

The Washington Monument, a 555-foot obelisk located on the national mall in Washington, D.C., will reopen to the public on May 12. The National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall recently announced that Al Roker, the TODAY show's weather anchor, will join Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, philanthropist David Rubenstein, and National Mall & Memorial Parks Superintendent Bob Vogel at a celebration of the reopening, with Roker serving as master of ceremonies. The celebration will begin at 10 a.m., and the first public tours of the monument will begin at 1 p.m.

This United States Park Police photo shows a crack in the outer façade near the top of the Washington Monument. It was caused by the Aug. 23, 2011, earthquake.The monument has been closed to the public since Aug. 23, 2011, when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake significantly damaged it.

"The construction of the Washington Monument began in 1848 when private citizens raised money to build a memorial to honor our nation's first president, and now it has been repaired thanks in part to the generosity of another private citizen, David Rubenstein, and the efforts of the Trust for the National Mall," Jewell said. "This enduring spirit of public-private partnerships has made it possible for visitors to once again enjoy the monument and its unmatched view of Washington, D.C."

Tickets to take a tour will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 a.m. May 12 at the Washington Monument Lodge on 15th Street, between Madison and Jefferson Drives.

"We're looking forward to a great event and a meaningful day as we unveil the efforts of the past two and a half years," said Vogel. "The Washington Monument is looking spectacular, inside and out, and we can't wait to share that with the public."

EarthCam, Inc. worked with the National Park Service to document the monument's restoration, using the company's GigapixelCam. EarthCam's hand-edited, time-lapse video made from thousands of images taken from March 2013 to April 2014 is available here.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Easy to Use Safety Inspection App

    Conduct inspections on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Complete safety audits at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Analyze Incident Data and Maintain OSHA Compliance

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus