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“Tacky”

Old Post Office Pavilion
Ranked #92 of 472 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed June 26, 2014

I was hoping that there would be more to this building than what I found inside. Outside it was a gorgeous old building and I was looking forward to going inside to explore some more. Sadly, when I got in there, it seemed to be nothing but souvenir shops, all the same, one right after the other, and the same stock they sell in the souvenir trucks on the street near the White House. The 'food court' was also tacky, with not a great deal of quality or range. I couldn't get out of there fast enough, so didn't bother with the tour, because it just didn't bode well. I've heard it is now closed for renovations, and I hope they renovate with more historical perspective and, if it is just going to be a shopping mall, then it at least has some different options of a slightly higher quality.

Thank CynWasHere
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

We were there the last day in May. This place is in the books and everywhere to visit. Double-check the books with reviews here to make sure first. We walked over there from the National Mall (not too far, but it was the end of the day and we were already tired and looking forward to dessert in the Old Post Office).

It's closed - Trump bought the place and it's being converted into a hotel. The building is really cool, I'm sure the inside will be really cool too.

2  Thank Lila2007
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

We kind of followed the 3 day recommendation on Tripadvisor, This one was closed for public as of May 1st and being converted to a hotel.. Tripadvisor needs to remove it !

3  Thank Mike B
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

THE OLD POST OFFICE PAVILLION IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED! Mrs Too and I traveled to downtown DC this morning hoping to take some photos from the tower. We were greeted with a sign at the main entrance stating that, as of May 1, 2014 the building was closed for renovation. Much heavy equipment cluttered the lobby, and a minion of the security contractor informed us that the "renovation" was actually the conversion of the building to a hotel. The work is expected to take two years, after which the venerable tower will reopen to the public, but all other areas will be the private property of the developer.

6  Thank Ben_Theretoo406
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

The Old Post Office Tower and Pavilion was a great on the road find. Meaning I did not research this location but found it via a souvenir store clerk in one of our previous stops. The Old Post Office is located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The building was established in 1899 to be the Post Office Headquarters for DC and the country. However, the operation quickly outgrew the building and moved to another location. The building in now run by the National Park Service and houses the congressional bells that were given to the US by Great Britain as a bicentennial gift. The bells hang in the clock tower that is 315 feet in the air and provides the second highest view of any building in all of Washington DC. My youngest son loves tall buildings, so this was the highlight of the trip for him.

We got to ride our way to the top in 2 separate elevators and see out over the city. The view was quite breath taking! When we returned down to the bottom of the clock tower, we got our passport stamped and headed over to the food court. The bottom of the building housed an enormous food court. It was the perfect stop to rest our legs, fill our bellies and plan out our afternoon adventures.

1  Thank FamFunActivities
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