National Mall Memorials: The Backstory

This is the classic Washington walk. You’ll get up close to a selection of the city’s famous memorials located on the National Mall. There’s something for everyone–neoclassical architecture, modern sculpture, haunting remembrances of war, historical insights, and even funny tales. Along the way, your guide sets the scene for the Federal City’s original plans to memorialize its national heroes and how they’ve evolved with time. At one time the triumphant general on horseback was the preferred prototype. As the 20th century came to a close, however, new kinds of memorials had begun to appear that honored ordinary soldiers and depicted less glorious aspects of battle. As we approach each site, you’ll hear its particular story, revealing how fraught the memorial-making process can be.


National Mall Memorials visits the National World War II Memorial, District War Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Abraham Lincoln Memorial. The Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson Memorial are seen and discussed from a distance.


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Saturdays June 2, June 16, June 23, June 30 (CANCELLED), July 14, July 28, August 4, August 18, August 25, and November 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.


Sundays June 10, June 17, June 24, July 29, and August 19, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.


Approximately 2 hours
No reservations necessary. Simply show up!

$20 per person (kids 3 and younger free). $5 discount with U.S. military or federal government ID. Pay in advance or with cash or credit card when you arrive.

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Embarks from in front of the Organization of American States by the statue of Queen Isabella I. (Closest Metrorail station: Farragut West)
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