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Jefferson Memorial

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Address: South of the Washington Monument on Ohio Dr., At the south shore of the Tidal Basin, Washington DC, DC 20242
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A 19-foot bronze statue of perhaps the most esteemed founding father sits...

A 19-foot bronze statue of perhaps the most esteemed founding father sits beneath a columned rotunda in the style of the Roman Pantheon.

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This is a favorite place to watch the sunset over the Potomac. The statue is standard monumental art, but the quotations are fascinating. The Jefferson Memorial is set well away... read more

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a favorite place to watch the sunset over the Potomac. The statue is standard monumental art, but the quotations are fascinating. The Jefferson Memorial is set well away from most of the other monuments, so be prepared for a hike.

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Evansville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This building is huge, and seems fitting for Thomas Jefferson. I only wish I could have been able to see inside the building. We were on a tour bus when we saw this, and they didn't stop here to let us off. Maybe when we go back, I can arrange to see this by cab.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Old Tom just stands there surrounded by his words. Some of the most beautiful words ever written about government were written by Jefferson and this beautiful memorial celebrates him and his words.

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Far Hills, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Full disc louse, I did not go inside, I ran past the building during a morning run. I could feel the history and importance as I watched the site getting closer and closer during my run. It's a lovley site at the bottom of the mall, a very long walk for most. I suggest you combine visits to MLK &... More 

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Jacksonville, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This monument is a little out of the way but worth the stop. The statue is huge and the view from the tidal basin is unique. I would try to go at sunset to get the colors over the water and the view of the Washington monument and even the White House.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is by far my favorite monument in design and it's in desperate need of a repair and general cleaning. The steps that face the Potomac are worn and while we were there were full of puddles and ice. The rotunda dome is covered in mildew. The metal letters that quote Jefferson all over the walla looks to have been... More 

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Granville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Go inside and read the quotes engraved on the walls that surround the bigger than life sculpture of TJ. It would behoove the leaders at the other end of the mall to make a visit and read the sentiments therein.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Plan you walk here carefully...its a bit further of a distance from the mall than I first realized. Kids were pretty tired by the time we got there. Monument itself is wonderful.

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Milford, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The family had been walking to most other museums and attractions on our D.C. trip, but we had to get on a circuit bus to go here. The memorial is supposed to be quiet (people might get angry if you bring a crying child) and has a great view of the water. There is a gift shop in the basement.... More 

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Gainesville, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You might get goosebumps going from quote to quote here. Jefferson's eloquence with writing meaningful observations shines through. The statue is large and elegant. A gift shop and barely-lit museum-like display is on the lower level. Skip it if time is tight.

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