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Old Post Office Pavilion

1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington DC, DC 20004 (Federal Triangle)
202 289 4224
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Ranked #95 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Historic 1899 building where visitors can go up to the clock tower for dramatic views of D.C.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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81 reviews 81 reviews
31 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

this architectural gem is visible from most areas in downtown DC. this wonderful masterpiece must have been a bustling hotspot when the shops and restaurants were still here. today it's abandoned and a bit depressing inside. I opted out of the tour and trip to the top because i was short on time. (i'm sure the view is amazing) would... More

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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Finding the entrance proved to be tricky (thus the title of "Hidden Gem"). The nps.gov site says there are multiples, but when we were there on a weekday, you could only enter on 10th St. The building itself is quite stunning, although almost creepy in its emptiness. You have to walk through the failed food court to get to the... More

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Waycross, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The Old Post Office was a little creepy. The pavilion is closed, but the tower is still open. The security staff was somewhat rude, but the rest if the staff was very nice to us taking time to answer all of the children's questions. The views from the top were nice even though it was an overcast day.

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Brunswick, Maine, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We went for the free trip to the top of the clock tower recommended by others. I am glad we went as the park ranger there told us that it has been purchased by Donald Trump and would be closing in a couple of weeks due to renovations to convert into hotel. Took two different elevators to the top of... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We read about the view and decided to stop by. Unfortunately, the pavilion area is closed down and there are no shops. The place is just sort of sad. It feels like a ghost town. The way to the tower is long; three elevators! The view was very good and I'm glad we stopped by, but it wasn't quite what... More

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Israel, Jerusalem
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201 reviews 201 reviews
156 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

it's a hard place to find! the entrance isn't marked properly and you can find yourself surrounding the building without finding it. the entrance is on 12th st. right across from the triangle metro station where a small yard looks like an enter to an old mall or food court. actually, even when you enter it looks like an old... More

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Montgomery, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We were disappointed when we walked through the wet and cold weather to find this place closed. There were no signs posted indicating its closure and or travel book indicated it was an excellent place to visit. We walked around it with several other obvious tourists before we finally found someone who told us it was closed

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Visited in March 2014. We're told that it is something not to miss. I would have to disagree. The view of the city was nice and we were the only people up there. Security and other workers were very rude though and the inside of the building is a ghost town. Apparently the building is converting to a hotel soon.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We had heard so much about the Old Post Office and its observation deck that I think we had built up some high expectations, and consequently were quite disappointed with the view from the tower. Previous reviews have pointed out the wires that run up and down the viewing openings in the tower, making it impossible to grab a good... More

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Ashburn, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

The Old Post Office Building is worth a visit. When you step inside, you can tell the building is from another era, but is slowly being "modernized". There is a small food court / bunch of souvenir shops in the atrium, but don't bother. Head for the elevator, and go to the exhibit level. The exhibits deal with the history... More

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