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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Our insider 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 should I visit?
    Open 24 hours
  • Is it expensive?
    Free!
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not necessary, but recommended!
  • How to get there
    Take the Metro to Foggy Bottom
  • Additional information
    To avoid crowds, visit the Memorial after dark. It is quite majestic all lit up!

What people are saying about Lincoln Memorial

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 3,714 reviews

What a fantastic way to see the city! Had company in from out of town, one of which has issues walking long distances! This was perfect. Because traffic was light and it was so easy to get around, we were able to hop off and have 20 minutes around Lincoln and the reflection pool area and about 10-15 at MLK. Well worth the price if you’re trying to maximize what you can see on a quick trip!

Sooner Steve was our driver/guide he did a phenomenal job. He was knowledgeable and his passion for the history of DC was expressed through his narrative. I was on the trip with my mother and my two kids 3 and 8. He kept everyone interested. He also went out of his way to help us. I would definitely do the tour again when in DC.

It has an announcement and tells you where you at ( landmark) history about the area and landmarks. They give individual earphones to listen better.I also like the get off and get back on at any of their bus stops , so that was great and.at easy. Mr. James J. Was an excellent tour bus driver .

The guide was wonderful. He was a complete book of knowledge! The ONLY down size was the lack of lighting along the monument pathways.

D.C. at Dusk: Night Tour of the National Mall Reviewed by

the experience was the best thing me and my daughter did while here in DC. Montie our guide was the best.