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“Great views of DC from Old Post Office Pavilion tower” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Post Office Pavilion

Old Post Office Pavilion
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington DC, DC 20004 (Federal Triangle)
(202) 289 4224
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Ranked #114 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Observation Decks/ Towers, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Historic 1899 building where visitors can go up to the clock tower for dramatic views of D.C.
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College Park, Maryland
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“Great views of DC from Old Post Office Pavilion tower”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Built in the 1890s, the Old Post Office Pavilion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the tallest buildings in the city, with a distinctive clock tower offering breathtaking 360 degree views of the city. The tower is under the control of the National Park Service and is open to the public free of charge. From here, you can see most of DC's monuments and famous buildings. The Old Post Office Clock Tower also houses the official United States Bells of Congress, a bicentennial gift from England celebrating the end of the Revolutionary War. The tower is open to the elements; dress appropriately. While the Washington Monument is closed for repairs (due to the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in 2011), this is the best venue to view the city. I bring my out-of-town guests here and recommend it to anyone visiting the city. Renovations to the interior of the Old Post Office Pavilion could soon begin, possibly in 2014, by none other than Donald J. Trump. The New York real estate magnate’s hotel company has been selected to turn Washington’s Old Post Office Pavilion into a luxury hotel. He and the General Services Administration still must come to terms on a final financial agreement, one that governs the use of the building and preservation of its historic aspects. Trump would lease the land from the government and the clock tower would remain under the control of the National Park Service and open to the public. The hotel could open as early as 2016.

Visited February 2012
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“Must be seen and its free”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

It won't take time to see the bell.
It is free but they will check your bag beforehand.

There is no tour for that. You can go by elevator to see the bell.

Visited January 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“The View-That’s about it…”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Since the monument is closed, this is the next best view in DC (heard the POV is cool too) and it’s worth the trek to the top. You might learn a little while you’re up there too… bell pealing? Interesting… so is the building and its history too.

The rest of the visit was mediocre at best. The exhibits need some TLC and the staff seemed genuinely disinterested in the visitors, except for the shop owners down below, they certainly wanted your business, but most of their items were cheap touristy stuff. We didn’t try any of the food there. Overall, this place had a “going out of business” vibe to it.

Security and building staff were burned out and didn’t want to be pestered by visitors.

Visited December 2012
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Terrible, avoid at all costs”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

The reception from the security staff was the rudest I have ever experienced! The shouted at us (I had two kids in my party). While we did nothing wrong and complied with all requirements, we were treated like dirt, not like tourists spending money to the benefit of the US, and visitors just about to spend money in the food hall in the Old Post Office. We felt thoroughly unwelcome and mistreated!
Once inside the experience continued, because there are only fast food kiosks inside and not a decent meal or cup of coffee to be had. The place was almost completlely empty - I understand why! Stay away!

Visited January 2013
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“Free view and good souvenir shopping”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

On the way to the American History Museum we stepped in. Yes, the view is good and we bought a lot of nice souvenirs here.

Visited December 2012
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