Washington Monument to reopen in May, 3 years after earthquake

BY Talia Mindich  March 25, 2014 at 4:42 PM EDT

The Washington Monument will reopen to visitors May 12 after being closed for nearly three years due to a 2011 earthquake. Photo by National Park Service

The Washington Monument will reopen May 12 after being closed for nearly three years. Photo by National Park Service

The Washington Monument will reopen on May 12, after a 2011 earthquake forced the structure to close for repairs, the National Park Service said Tuesday.

Tours will resume at 1 p.m. May 12, on a first-come, first-serve basis. For tours on May 13 and beyond, tickets can be reserved online beginning April 16. Visit the NPS website for details.

The last of the scaffolding around the 555-foot tall stone structure will begin to come down this week, the park service said. After 32 months and $15 million, workers have repaired more than 150 cracks, the result of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake.