Washington Monument to reopen Sept. 19 after 3-year renovation of elevator, security area

Jayme Deerwester

The Washington Monument is ready to welcome tourists after three long years.

The National Park Service announced Friday that the 555-foot marble obelisk honoring America's first president will reopen Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. EDT.

The monument will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The tallest structure in Washington, the monument has been closed to the public since 2016. During that time, construction crews updated its elevator system and built a new security screening facility.

Same-day tour tickets for visits between Sept. 19 and Oct. 18 will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 9 a.m. To obtain tickets, visit the Washington Monument Lodge at 15th Street, between Madison Drive, NW and Jefferson Drive, SW. 

For tours beyond Oct. 19, you can reserve tickets at www.recreation.gov. beginning Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. EDT.

Despite being out of commission, the monument still played a role in the capital's observation of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in July. Footage of the Apollo 11 mission was projected onto its facade at nightfall.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Washington Monument to reopen Sept. 19 after 3-year renovation project