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Washington Monument to reopen May 12

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The National Park Service said Tuesday that the Washington Monument will officially reopen on May 12 after a 32-month closure because of earthquake damage.  The remaining scaffolding surrounding the monument will start to come down this week in preparation.

NPS and the Trust for the National Mall will host a re-opening ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 12, and public tours will resume that day at 1 p.m.  The tickets will be available on a first come-first served basis starting at 8:30 a.m. that day at the Washington Monument Lodge, located on 15th Street, between Madison and Jefferson Drives.

Tickets for tours on May 13 and all future dates will be available on the NPS reservation page, www.recreation.gov, starting on April 16, at 10 a.m.

Philanthropist David Rubenstein donated $7.5 million to the monument’s restoration via the Trust for the National Mall, matching the public funds allocated by Congress to cover the total cost of repairs, which was $15 million. 

Because of the closure of the Monument, the National Park Service will begin extended operating hours on May 12. The Monument will be open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. until the end of summer.

The Washington Monument has been closed since August 23, 2011, due to damage received in a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. It is now in the final stages of the restoration, which included repairs to more than 150 cracks in the structure.

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