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5 historical facts about the Lincoln Memorial

Opposite the White House on the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial is one of Washington, D.C.'s most treasured landmarks – despite the stiff competition! How did it become an icon of the "American Way?" Here are a few reasons plucked from the history books!

It took decades to start building

Though not built until 1922, a memorial had been planned since Lincoln's death in 1867. The original's cavalcade of colossal statues was finally deemed overambitious and scrapped!

It utilizes materials from around the US

Henry Bacon, the architect, used Colorado marble for the exterior, Indiana limestone for the inner walls, Alabama marble for the ceiling, and pink Tennessee marble for the floor!

The structure was controversial in its time

Many considered the Greek-doric monument too grandiose for a man as humble as Lincoln. The suggested alternative was a simple log-cabin shrine!

It was the site of a groundbreaking concert

More than 75,000 witnessed African-American contralto Marian Anderson perform at the memorial after being refused permission to sing at the nearby DAR Constitution Hall.

It became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement

Undaunted by the memorial's engravings of Lincoln's seminal speeches, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" to a crowd of 250,000 after the March on Washington.

Lincoln Memorial: Our Tips

What are the opening times?

The Lincoln Memorial is open to visit 24 hours a day, however, Rangers are on duty to answer questions and give talks from 9:30AM till 11:30PM.

How to get there?

The nearest Metro station is Foggy Bottom on the Orange and Blue lines. If you're hiring a car then exit at intersection Independence Ave. SW & Daniel Chester French Dr. SW. Parking is available at Ohio Drive. (Handicapped parking can be found directly across from the memorial at Daniel Chester French Drive SW.)

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Open 24 hours
  • What is the price?
    Free!
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not necessary, but recommended!
  • How to get there
    Take the Metro to Foggy Bottom
  • Additional tips
    To avoid crowds, visit the Memorial after dark. It is quite majestic all lit up!

What People Are Saying About Lincoln Memorial

tour was good - cold windy weather made for a challenging day though

if the weather had been better the tour guide would have been more engaged; hard to communicate in windy cold weather and would have liked more info on sites and general info

Washington, DC 3-Hour Bike Tour Reviewed by Steven, 11/28/2016

Awesome guide and driver. We really had a nice time!

Thanks for picking us up and dropping us off at our hotel it was much appreciated. It was a cold night and that made it more fun.

Washington D.C. Twilight Evening Bus Tour Reviewed by Tammy, 11/24/2016

BEST TOUR EVER! Had an awesome time thanks to Henry Terrell & Charles

I am still laughing & smiling from this tour. I actually learned a ton of information about DC & the monuments. The twightlight tour was just awesome. I was able to capture some remarkable pictures. But what truly made this thee BEST tour ever were the knowledgeable, friendly, hilarious, exceptional guys in charge of the tour. Charles, Henry, & Terrell were truly phenomenal gentlemen that provided a tour I never will forget. I loved seeing the city & found it to be a pleasure to have had them as my guide. I was really impressed by their knowledge, passion, & personable nature. Thank you!!

Washington D.C. Twilight Evening Bus Tour Reviewed by Nikita, 11/06/2016

My husband and I enjoyed our Segway tour very much.

The Segway tour was a great way to get introduced to Washington DC. I thought the tour was a good half hour to an hour too long. Maybe make it two hours and charge $55 bucks. Thanks!

Washington, DC: 3-Hour Segway Tour Reviewed by Bridgit, 10/15/2016

Informatively entertaining 3 hours well spent

It was only our tour guide Andrew's 3rd assignment, but he did a fine job. At times, we could tell that he couldn't quite remember what he wanted to say about a certain location, but he was able to quick recover. The tour was nicely planned and a very good way to visit the Capitol building, monuments and memorials. The evening view was spectacular at many of these locations. We are very glad to have signed up for this tour. We recommended it to a friend who was in DC for the first time for a conference and didn't have enough time for sightseeing. She signed up and said she enjoyed it as well.

DC at Dusk - Night Tour of the National Mall Reviewed by Melvyn, 10/14/2016

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