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Lincoln Memorial National Memorial


Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

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The memory of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, is preserved in this marble work of art. As an enduring symbol of freedom, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope.


The memorial was authorized on February 9, 1911 and dedicated on May 30, 1922. It was transferred from the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capital on August 10, 1933.

When to Visit:

Visitors may visit the Lincoln Memorial 24 hours a day. However, rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.

Getting There:

For visitors driving into Washington, D.C., keep in mind that parking is limited and can get expensive. Public transportation is a great option. However, Interstate 395 provides access to the National Mall and Memorial Parks from the South. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway will all provide access from the North. Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 provide access from the West, while U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East.

If you really want to limit your carbon footprint, there are many major bicycle trails that flow through Washington, D.C. There are also several Metro train and bus routes from the suburban areas surrounding the city.

If you are flying in from out of town, there are three major airports that serve the area: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. All have limousine, taxi, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall and Memorial Parks.


There are no fees or reservations required to visit the memorial. If you want to have a special event at the site, including filming or demonstrations, check online for how to apply for a permit.

Things to Do:

The memorial is located within the National Mall which holds many amazing sites to visit, including: Washington Monument, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, D.C. War Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, George Mason Memorial, Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House, East and West Potomac Parks, and Constitution Gardens. There are also 60 statues, and numerous other historic sites, memorials, and park lands to explore.


There is no lodging within the memorial. However, Washington, D.C. has many hotel, motels, and lodging to choose from.


Pets are not allowed inside the Lincoln Memorial, except for guide dogs for visually or hearing-impaired persons. Pets are allowed in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial if they are leashed. Keep your pet restrained at all times by crating, caging or on a leash no more than six feet in length. Also be sure to respectful of the parks and clean up any waste.

Areas of Interest Outside the Park:

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site: On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln was shot while attending a show here. Museum contains portions of the Olroyd Collection of Lincolniana.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park: Preserving America's colorful Canal era and transportation history, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is 184.5 miles of adventure.

Anacostia Park: Anacostia Park is one of Washington, DC's largest recreation areas with more than 1200 acres stretching along the Anacostia River from the Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge to the DC/Maryland border.

Rock Creek Park: One of the largest and oldest urban parks in the U.S. (established in 1890), located in Washington, DC.

Contact Info:

By Mail:
900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024

(202) 426-6841

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