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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

Good itinerary coupled with a great guide

Our guide was Montie. The cart had a family of 4 plus my wife, my 7-1/2 year-old grandson and me. Montie was very good at explaining the attractions and their histories in a way that engaged all of us. As a bonus, Montie had funny anecdotes to tell us about them. He was very open to any questions our group had and, being quite knowledgeable, knew the answers to most. My family all learned a lot on the 2 hour tour and, perhaps the best accolade was that my grandson asked if we could do another tour with Montie!

Our tour with signature tours was great for adults and children alike.

We brought two little kids with us on the 3 hour evening tour. We were able to get on and off the sites, the guide was knowledgeable and helpful and we saw so much!

Washington DC Must See Sights Half-Day Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/28/2019

Mr. History was our tour guide - he and whole tour were amazing!

Our tour was incredible and Mr. History our guide was so engaging! He made what we were seeing come alive and we learned so many facts and background information that we did not know. He also gave our son a chance to say the Gettysburg Address to everyone - what a great impression on an 11 year old boy! Thanks for a great opportunity!

Excellent bike tour. Great guide, bikes, facility and value.

My son and I were in town for the weekend for an ice hockey tournament and we needed an activity to kill a few hours. A friend suggested we rent a couple of bikes and ride around DC. In searching for bike rentals, I came across the Fat tire bike tours. We could not be happier with our experience. The facility was clean and cool, to accommodate the hot day. We were greeted at the door, and everyone was super friendly. After a brief tutorial, they set us up with some very nice bikes, clean helmets and bottled waters and we were on our way. If only I could remember our tour guides’ name, to give credit where it’s due. He was very knowledgeable, engaging and looked out for the safety of our group. If you are in DC, this is a must do. And for the thirty some odd dollars for the tour, it was well worth it.

Washington, DC 3-Hour Bike Tour Reviewed by William, 05/27/2019

Small group tour with lots of information shared

Our tour was me, my coworker and another couple. This made our tour close to a private tour and our guide walked with us and gave us so many fun facts along the way. I was blown away by how much our guide knew, how many years she has been a guide and the amount of time she's spent in D.C. This tour was definitely worth the money and I am glad I picked this one from all the other tours offered,

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