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The steps are popular for sitting and hanging out. It has a good view of the Tidal Basin as well.
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Thomas Jefferson National Memorial

701 East Basin Drive SW Washington, DC 20242
Upper chamber is open 24 hours. Museum is open 9:30 am -11:30 pm.
202-426-6841 1.5 hours
July 2012 Summer, Fall
$0-9 Washington, DC District of Columbia
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The Thomas Jefferson National Memorial is a neo-classical memorial and museum dedicated to the third President to the United States and the author of the Declaration of Independence. The open-air and marble building is located beside the Tidal Basin. The memorial was dedicated on April 13, 1943, which was the 200th anniversary of Jefferson’s birth. A 19 foot copper statue of Jefferson was added in 1947, following World War II.

The Jefferson Memorial was sited and designed as part of the symbolic heart of Washington D.C., along with the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol and the White House. It was designed by John Pope who borrowed architectural elements from the Roman Pantheon and Jefferson’s design of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. Pope was criticized for a classical style that some considered unimaginative. Also the monument itself was controversial as a number of Japanese cherry blossom trees had to be removed to build it.

Seeing the main part of the memorial only takes a few minutes. The upper chamber includes Jefferson’s statue and truncated inscriptions on the walls of some of his writings. The more interesting visit is to the small but informative museum in the lower chamber. The museum has a detailed timeline of Jefferson’s life and relevant historical events. There also are panel displays on Jefferson’s interests and accomplishments. From a sightseeing and general interest perspective, a visit to Washington, D.C., is incomplete without a stop at this relatively modest but impressive memorial. It’s not quite as famous or iconic as the Washington Monument, but it is a fitting tribute to a gifted and great man and a giant in the annals of democratic ideals. There is free 3 hour street parking located nearby the memorial.
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lovetotravel
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A great time to visit is late March/early April when the cherry trees are blooming.