Washington Monument Scheduled to Reopen

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The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., will reopen this spring following a nearly three-year closure.

Damaged in a 2011 earthquake, the iconic monument has been closed and under repair, with scaffolding surrounding its structure through this week. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake caused more than 150 cracks in the monument and has required a $15-million restoration. The National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall will host a reopening ceremony on May 12.

Tickets for tours of the monument will be on sale beginning April 16, with tickets for the reopening only available on a first-come, first-serve basis on May 12. The reopening ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., with tours beginning at 1 p.m.

–Lissa Poirot

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