Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

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Thomas Jefferson Memorial

District Of Columbia

(202) 426-6841

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Overview

The words of Thomas Jefferson, some written more than 200 years ago, have shaped American ideals. Today, many of these impressive, stirring words adorn the interior walls of his memorial. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial stands as a symbol of liberty and endures as a site for reflection and inspiration for all citizens of the United States and the world.

Map of Thomas Jefferson

Latitude, Longitude: 38.880719, -77.036508

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    The public may visit the Thomas Jefferson Memorial 24 hours a day. However, Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.

    Thomas Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence document, putting the grievances of the colonies into words that would change the course of history. He worked with John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Robert Livingston of New York, and Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania. He also served as the first Secretary of State in the Presidential Administration of George Washington. Thomas Jefferson served as the third President of the United States from March 4, 1801 until March 4, 1809. He was the first President to be inaugurated in the new Federal Capital of Washington, D.C. He was inaugurated for each of his terms of office inside the new U.S. Capitol Building.

Seasonality/Weather

Washington has a temperate climate typical of the Mid-Atlantic U.S., with four distinct seasons. Summer tends to be very hot and humid. Spring and fall are mild. Winter can bring cold temperatures, frozen precipitation and, on occasions, major snowstorms.

Park Partners

Trust for the National Mall

The Trust for the National Mall is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring and improving the National Mall. The trust's goal is to make the National Mall the best park in the world. The Trust for the National Mall will help restore, revitalize and preserve the National Mall, home to the enduring symbols of democracy, for present and future generations.

(202) 407-9408

Tourmobile

Tourmobile open-air trams offer live narrated tours of DC and is the only riding tour of Arlington National Cemetery. You will be taken right where you want to go with unlimited reboarding. Hop on an off throughout the day. You choose where to stop, stay as long as you want, then reboard and ride to another historic location.

Guest Services manages all retail operations (stores and kiosks) for the National Park Service-operated National Mall in Washington, D.C. They also operate the paddle boat rentals on the Tidal Basin, located on Independence Ave, across from Jefferson Memorial. For more information, call (202) 479-2426 or visit http://www.tidalbasinpaddleboats.com.

(202) 554-5100

Directions

Driving

Thomas Jefferson Memorial is part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. The site lies at the southern end of the National Mall, adjacent to the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. The memorial rests within the sightline to and from the White House, which stands one mile to the north.

Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the north. Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 provide access from the west. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the east.

Flying

Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport all have limousine, taxi cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall.

Public Transportation

The nearest Metro station to this site is Smithsonian at 12th Street and Independence Avenue, SW; allow about 10-15 minutes for the walk.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(202) 426-6841

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