900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024
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"In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States - the Great Emancipator and preserver of the nation during the Civil War - sits immortalized in marble. As an enduring symbol of freedom, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope.
The Lincoln Memorial stands at the west end of the National Mall as a neoclassical monument to the 16th President of the United States. The Memorial is nearly 100 feet tall and surrounded by 38 fluted columns, one for each of the thirty six states of the Union at the time of Lincoln's death.
Within the memorial building sits the famous statue of Lincoln. His regal white marble form took four years to be carved as he is 19 feet tall and weighs 175 tons. Visiting this site is truly empowering, the area giving off the energy of freedom that has been cultivated by years of civil action and gatherings. Most notably, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech here in 1963.
Hours + Fees
The Lincoln Memorial has no fees or reservations associated with a visit. However for planned events dependent upon the activity and number of participants a permit may be required.
National Mall and Memorial Parks is a unique and bustling park that receives more than twenty-five million annual visitors and issues approximately 4000 permits each year. A permit is required for many activities to ensure that various events will not conflict with each other or with general visitor experiences. Specific areas within several of the memorials are considered restricted space.
Free Ranger talks via your telephone. Dial (202) 747-3420 to listen to interpretive programs organized around more than ten Lincoln Memorial themes, including, "The Gettysburg Address," "Debunking the Myths of the Lincoln Memorial," and "The Life and Times of the Lincoln the Man."
Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom on the Blue and Orange lines.
Map + Directions
Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the North. Interstate 66, U.S. Route 50 and 29 provide access from the West. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East.