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Washington Monument Starts Taking Tour Reservations Today

Now that the scaffolding that made the Washington Monument the best unintentional art installation in D.C. are gone, the 555-foot structure is getting ready to open back up for business.

Starting today, the National Park Service is accepting reservations to go inside the monument. It's currently shuttered for repairs due to the 2011 earthquake and is scheduled to reopen for tours on May 13, 2014.

In order to get tickets, people can order them here (tickets are technically free but there is a $1.50 service charge per ticket), or they can get same-day tickets on a first-come, first-served basis every morning starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Washington Monument Lounge. These tickets usually go fast.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery.

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