Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Washington, D.C., United States

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial dedicated to Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), one of the most important of the American Founding persons. Jefferson was the main drafter and writer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, governor of the newly independent Commonwealth of Virginia, American minister to King Louis XVI and the Kingdom of France, first U.S. Secretary of State under the first President George Washington, the second Vice President of the United States, and also the third President (1801–1809).

The neoclassical Memorial building on the Tidal Basin off the Washington Channel of the Potomac River was designed by the architect John Russell Pope and built by the Philadelphia contractor John McShain. Construction of the building began in 1939 and was completed in 1943. The bronze statue of Jefferson was added in 1947.



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Founded: 1939-1943


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Mark Brown (19 months ago)
Look at the memorial from afar, it draws you in. After finishing the MLK memorial, it is a quick walk to the site. The site has beautiful architecture and once you step inside past the pillars your see a visually powerful hall (I won't spoil anything!). After finishing there, you can take an elevator or the stairs and get down into the gift shop. They had wonderful souvenirs and very kind cashiers and security.
Kevin P (19 months ago)
I feel like this memorial is underrated. It had a lot less people over here compared to the others on the Mall, and I think it's because people weren't willing to walk around the basin to see it. I'm glad my friend and I did because it's an impressive memorial that is so much bigger than it looks from across the water.
A. Thomas Grunley (20 months ago)
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial never fails to take my breath away. The design of the structure is fascinating and very unique - very authentic. The different inscriptions noted on the walls under the dome housing Jefferson’s statue are mind-blowing and so significant to the history of our wonderful nation. This is a tour stop not to be missed.
Heidi K (21 months ago)
Best monument in DC, in my opinion. Come here during golden hour and you won’t regret it! I love just sitting on the steps and watching my surroundings. You have a great view of the Tidal Basin and the Washington Monument. Most people are coming and going so it’s never terribly crowded. I think this is a great place for reflection.
envirock envirock (2 years ago)
It was raining, and a long walk to get there. My goal was to buy postcards to send to relatives. They don't have bags for free. You are forced to purchase a really fabric bag that is not waterproof. There should still be bags for tourists. I don't pack reusable bags to carry with me everywhere I go. Ridiculous. Just have biodegradable plastic bags for tourists.
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