It's official: The Washington Monument will reopen May 12, almost three years after an August 2011 earthquake forced the structure closed for repairs.

The National Park Service announced that tours will start May 12 at 1 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. You can make reservations for tours after May 12 beginning April 16.

Some logistics for a visit to the Washington Monument after May 12:

  • Same-day, free tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis every morning at 8:30 a.m.
  • Anyone over the age of 2 needs a ticket.
  • Tickets reserved online include a $1.50 service fee.
  • Don't bring a large purse or bag.
  • There are no bathrooms or food vendors. Plan accordingly.
  • Parking around the National Mall is pretty sparse. Take Metro and get off at the Smithsonian stop on the Blue or Orange line.
  • The monument will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the summer.

Speaking of monuments, have you voted in our Monument Madness tournament yet? The Washington Monument is doing pretty well.