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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does it cost anything to go to the National Mall?
    No. There are no fees to enter National Mall and Memorial Parks and most of its hundreds of sites. However, timed entry tickets are required for Ford's Theatre National Historic Site and the Washington Monument.
  • What is around the National Mall?
    The National Mall contains and borders a number of museums of the Smithsonian Institution, art galleries, cultural institutions, and various memorials, sculptures, and statues.
  • Why do people visit the National Mall?
    The areas within National Mall & Memorial Parks provides visitors with ample opportunities to commemorate presidential legacies; honor the courage and sacrifice of war veterans; celebrate the United States commitment to freedom and equality.
  • How long is the National Mall?
    The National Mall is centrally located in Washington, DC, stretching over 2 miles from the Lincoln Memorial on the west end to the U.S. Capitol on the east end.
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