Jefferson Memorial
Jefferson Memorial
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A 19-foot bronze statue of perhaps the most esteemed founding father sits beneath a columned rotunda in the style of the Roman Pantheon.
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  • Ward D
    Satellite Beach, Florida2,827 contributions
    A great memorial to visit in the DC area.
    The Jefferson Memorial is a very special monument in Washington D.C. It was built to remember Thomas Jefferson, who was an important leader in America a long time ago. When you visit the monument, you'll see a big dome and a statue of Jefferson inside. You can also read some of the things that he said on the walls inside the monument. It's really beautiful to see, especially in the spring when there are cherry blossoms around. A lot of people like to go to the Jefferson Memorial, but sometimes it can be really crowded, especially when lots of tourists are visiting. It's also hard to find a place to park your car nearby, so it's a good idea to plan ahead. You can take a bus or a taxi to get there instead of driving yourself. The day we went to visit there was construction around a large part of the monument but you could still walk up the steps and into the dome. The steps can be a little slippery and the wind can be strong in the middle but the monument is beautiful. If you go, you'll see other cool places nearby too, like the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall. Overall, the Jefferson Memorial is a really neat place to visit. It's great for people who like history or buildings, and it's also very pretty. You can learn a lot about the past and feel proud to be an American.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 24, 2023
  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey3,713 contributions
    Still under renovation and very crowded
    The Jefferson Memorial is under a renovation (still after a year) and parts of it were block off but it was no less impressive. To see the things the President said and admire the statue dedicated to him is humbling. I had been walking around the tidal basin admiring the cherry blossoms and decided to come back and admire the statue again. Just like the cherry blossoms, there were a lot of obnoxious tourists taking pictures all over the statue or would not move after taking their pictures. Because of the renovation it is hard to move around the memorial. Once I took my pictures I moved on and admired all the stone work and read all the quotes. Again it can be a very humbling experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 6, 2023
  • TravelerTrecker
    841 contributions
    Beautiful! especially from a distance, during the fall, and with blue skies!
    The best way to visit the National Memorial Mall is by walking. There are several impressive memorials that together will teach a great part of the American history. You can learn a lot. To visit, you should choose a clear day, with blue skies and perfect temperature as you have to walk and most of the time you will be outdoors. Autumn is ideal. The park looks beautiful in the fall. The Jefferson Memorial is one of the classical memorials to visit. It is not my favorite; however, I like it and from the distance is more impressive than inside. Location is very nice, just on the basin. Pictures from the distance are lovely! Like most monuments (exception the Washington monument) the entrance is free. It was not crowded. The memorial teaches you a lot on Thomas Jefferson's contributions.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Southwest_Gaucho
    Lake Havasu City, Arizona1,118 contributions
    Busy attraction.
    Great stop and amazing building. Parts of the grounds are under construction so getting a picture of the whole area wasn't good. Lots of people as there are at most attractions in DC so getting pictures without people in them is almost impossible. Worth a stop if you haven't been before.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 5, 2023
  • AlexanderD
    Jackson, New Jersey4,615 contributions
    Impressive and Fascinating
    This memorial is admittedly impressive. The classic design based on Jefferson’s Monticello (which was based on Italian Renaissance design which was based on the Pantheon in Rome, so it has deep historic roots) is attractive and well situated at the edge of tidal basin. The interior is also well conceived. This is a good start to a walk from here to the FDR and MLK Memorials nearby and thence to the Lincoln Memorial. It is not a long or arduous walk but a lot of sights are packed in.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, California549 contributions
    Beautiful memorial
    This is one of the prettier memorials in Washington, befitting the architecturally-minded Jefferson. You can appreciate its beauty up close or from across the Tidal Basin. Since it's a bit off the Mall, it was less busy than some of the other nearby memorials.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • David H
    Bury, United Kingdom1,651 contributions
    Superb
    The monument is on the far side of the basin, so not the easiest to get to. I visited as part of the nighttime tour, so was able to get up close with all the lighting on. Close up it is a huge building, and great to wander around inside and outside and read the inscriptions.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand3,814 contributions
    Don't forget about Mr. Jefferson!
    The memorial is a bit distant from the other attractions around the Mall, but worth the hike to get there. Because there are fewer visitors, it also tends to be more peaceful. I used to think the Jefferson Memorial was the one of the most attractive of all the memorials in Washington. I still think so, but it's become a bit rundown and dirty. To give credit, the memorial is currently under renovation. Hopefully, it will be restored to its former glory.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 30, 2023
  • MrMrsHappyR
    Liverpool, United Kingdom1,168 contributions
    Beautiful memorial
    Huge domed memorial visible from the Martin Luther King Memorial and various parts of the Tidal Basin. A long walk but well worth it. Inside the beautiful marble dome is a statue of Jefferson and several inscriptions on the walls
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • F4981JCmichaels
    Vancouver, Washington2,104 contributions
    Under construction, but still open.
    You can see this memorial from the Mall. To visit it though, it's easier to drive to a nearby parking lot off Ohio Drive and to walk to it from there. I did not see any handicapped parking near the memorial itself, but I don't need handicapped parking, so I did not scope it out first. If it's something you need, check in advance. The nearest parking lot I mentioned is a bit of a walk to the Jefferson Memorial. There was construction going on when I visited, but the memorial was still accessible, via stairs surrounding the entrance. I think there is a ramp nearby, but I am not sure. At the top of the stairs, Jefferson's Memorial consists of a rotunda with a bigger than life statue of him in the center. As you enter, on the left is a small, but interesting gift shop. The restrooms are in trailers in a lot on the other side of the building, and although they are in trailers, they have ramps, are kept spotless by a dedicated cleaning crew, and have flush toilets. There is a sidewalk that follows I-395. As you get to the top of the small hill, there are steps going down to the sidewalk that takes you back under I-395, and to the parking lot off Ohio Drive. If you want to also see George Mason's Memorial, then take the long way around, from Basin Drive to the junction of Ohio Drive. His memorial is set back from the sidewalk on that "corner."
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written November 1, 2023
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM1,262 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Everything comes together to make this the most moving of all our monuments. The location, the architecture, the layout, statue, and most of all, the great words inscribed into all that beautiful marble. The magnificence can actually be overwhelming.

I recommend going at night as reading the great quotes unlight gives the whole experience a little extra glow.

If anyone says they have limited time and asks me which sights they should narrow down to, I always say the Jefferson Memorial is the one you absolutely must not miss.

Written February 17, 2024
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Erin H
99 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
This is one of the most iconic monuments in Washington and it looks over the Tidal Basin and is a beautiful spot to be able to see the cherry blossoms. One can fairly easily walk to the seafood market near the wharf and enjoy fresh seafood out of a bag sitting just outside the monument. There are plenty of places to sit and gaze up at the awe inspiring edifice. Also picnic lunches or dinners are great for this as well. It's nice to go in the evening as the sun goes down and to see the monument in the day and the light. It's location is really special, so if planning to go there see how you can make your trip extra special by enjoying more time with the monument with a packed meal, or smuggling a little wine or champagne 😉
Written February 9, 2024
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN2,315 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
The Jefferson Memorial is a lovely building and a fitting tribute to Jefferson. It's a short walk from The Washington Monument or The WWII Memorial and as such, it's definitely less visited than some of the other memorials/monuments. The memorial has a neoclassical architecture and the architect took inspiration from Jefferson's designs for UVA/Monticello and The Pantheon in Rome, the latter of which is very easy to see. It's a peaceful area and very nice to visit even outside of the Cherry Blossom festival. There was construction when we came here on Memorial Day Weekend, but it was still a lovely place to visit and I highly recommend that you come here when you're in D.C.!
Written January 23, 2024
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SanDiegoParent
San Diego, CA25 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
If you’re looking for public transportation options don’t do what I did and try to walk from L’Enfant metro station. Inconvenient and not lovely. Gave up. Walkway was not clear. The next day, my bus ride and metro ride into the city dropped me at the Smithsonian Metro station. I got off the metro and took the DC circulator bus towards the Lincoln Memorial by the Smithsonian museums. That bus took me straight to the Jefferson Memorial. Because my ride to the Jefferson Memorial and my pick up back to that same location was all within the two hours of when I first tapped my smart trip card on my first bus for the morning, I didn’t have to pay anything extra. It was free because it was all within two hours. Then I spent the rest of my time on foot before taking the metro and bus back to my hotel. I would definitely recommend the DC circulator bus to get to the Jefferson Memorial.
Written December 21, 2023
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Bea
703 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
The Jefferson Memorial as the name suggests is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, the author of the Declaration of Independence.
The Memorial was built between 1939 and 1943.
It is situated on the banks of the Tidal Basin, around 20 min walk from the Washington Monument, 30 min from the Lincoln Memorial.
It looks very beautiful and impressive wit its doomed roof, bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson. You can find there quotes from the Declaration of Independence.
Written December 13, 2023
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SUNILDASWANEY
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates626 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We visited the very well maintained Jefferson Memorial from the closest point possible and enjoyed soaking in the surrounding atmosphere.Nice to be part of history in some way or the other.
Written November 13, 2023
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sfuhere
uk788 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Beautifully situated on the riverfront and majestic when you approach it. It was surprising to me that this memorial was only erected in 1943. Jefferson’s quotations adorn the walls and his statue looms over you. It is undoubtedly one of the more stately memorials. I believe the current construction works are in order to provide a step-free entrance. There is also a small gift shop.
Written November 12, 2023
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F4981JCmichaels
Vancouver, WA2,104 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
You can see this memorial from the Mall. To visit it though, it's easier to drive to a nearby parking lot off Ohio Drive and to walk to it from there. I did not see any handicapped parking near the memorial itself, but I don't need handicapped parking, so I did not scope it out first. If it's something you need, check in advance. The nearest parking lot I mentioned is a bit of a walk to the Jefferson Memorial.
There was construction going on when I visited, but the memorial was still accessible, via stairs surrounding the entrance. I think there is a ramp nearby, but I am not sure.
At the top of the stairs, Jefferson's Memorial consists of a rotunda with a bigger than life statue of him in the center. As you enter, on the left is a small, but interesting gift shop. The restrooms are in trailers in a lot on the other side of the building, and although they are in trailers, they have ramps, are kept spotless by a dedicated cleaning crew, and have flush toilets.
There is a sidewalk that follows I-395. As you get to the top of the small hill, there are steps going down to the sidewalk that takes you back under I-395, and to the parking lot off Ohio Drive. If you want to also see George Mason's Memorial, then take the long way around, from Basin Drive to the junction of Ohio Drive. His memorial is set back from the sidewalk on that "corner."
Written November 1, 2023
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Rob M
Cheyenne, WY7,609 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Went on a Friday and with so many sights to see, people come and go it felt spacious. Great stop, with great views. There's a snack stand near by and restrooms.
Written October 21, 2023
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Christophe B
Quebec City, Canada561 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
A beautiful memorial in the same style at the Lincoln's. Great building and beautiful statue inside. Well worth the shop and is located 20min walk from Lincoln's memorial.
Written September 30, 2023
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