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DATES: APRIL 28 – JUNE 4, EXCLUDING SUNDAYS
HOURS: 9:00 A.M. TO 9:00 P.M.

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Open house tours are free of charge and all ages are welcome.

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This sacred building was often called the “Mormon Temple.”  However, in 2018, the Prophet and President of the Church, Russell M. Nelson, offered correction to any inaccurate name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including improper reference to the “Mormon Church.”  Mormon was a great prophet, whom we honor, but the Church was named after our Savior Jesus Christ. The correct name of the Church is: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thus, the proper name of the Temple is the “Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” 

The reference to “saints” in the name of the Church references the Apostle Paul’s use for people who try to follow Jesus Christ’s teachings.

In-person tours of the interior of the Washington D.C. Temple officially ended on June 11, 2022, but there are still many ways to see the temple. You can take a 360 Degree Virtual Tour of the interior here, take the Virtual Tour here, or view pictures of the temple interior here. You can also see come and see the temple exterior and grounds and enjoy an inspiring reproduction of the Christus statue, interactive exhibits, activities, and events that are family friendly and free of charge at the Temple Visitors’ Center. The Visitors’ Center is open to the public, year-round from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. 

At Christmastime, the grounds are set aglow during the Festival of Lights, which offers nightly concerts, a life-size nativity scene, and international nativity displays.

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Yes! Click here for virtual tour of the Washington D.C. Temple led by Elder and Sister Stevenson and Elder and Sister Renlund.

The Visitors’ Center is now open to the public, year-round from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Come enjoy the temple exterior and grounds, see an inspiring reproduction of the Christus statue and enjoy interactive exhibits, activities, and events that are family friendly and free of charge.

Yes! At Christmastime, the grounds are set aglow during the Festival of Lights, which offers nightly concerts, a life-size nativity scene, and international nativity displays.

Visit our About page to learn all about why temples are built and what happens inside. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been building temples since the 1830s. Latter-day Saint temples are considered houses of God, a place of holiness and peace separate from the preoccupations of the world. They provide a place where Church members make formal promises and commitments to God. They are also the place where the highest sacraments of the faith occur — the marriage of couples and the “sealing” of families for eternity.

Learn more on the About page.

We are pleased to announce that the temple will reopen for regular services on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. 
 

The rededication will take place on Sunday, August 14, 2022 in three sessions: 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.. Tickets for the rededication will be dispersed through local wards and branches. A temple recommend will be required.

If you have additional questions, please write us at [email protected].  We will respond as quickly as possible, and within 24 hours.  

Temple Open House Access

There are many ways to COME & SEE inside the Temple. On-site parking is limited at the Temple. It is important that you reserve your free, timed-entry Parking Ticket in order to access the Temple Open House. Without it, your vehicle cannot access the Temple grounds.

Parking Tickets will become available on January 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EST through this website. (Tour Tickets are not required for entry.)

A shuttle from the Forest Glen Metro Station (Weekday evenings and Saturdays) will also be available. Required Shuttle Tickets are free of charge and will become available on and after January 5, 2022 at 10:00 am EST through this website.

Individual entry for the Temple Open House by foot, public transit, taxi, bike, Lyft, Uber, etc. does NOT require a Tour Ticket.

Please plan accordingly for a positive and safe experience. The 40-minute walking tour of the interior of the Temple includes visiting several floors and scaling over 150 stairs. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Wheelchair accessibility and elevators are available. Appropriate COVID protocols will be followed in accordance with public health recommendations and in cooperation with local authorities.

Introductory Video

We see the Temple as central to inspiring hope, finding inner peace, and strengthening connections as followers of Jesus Christ.

Please watch our introductory video, available on this website, before you come to better understand why we build and worship in Temples.

Dates and Hours

The Temple Open House will be held from April 28th to June 4th, excluding Sundays.

MONDAY-SATURDAY TOUR HOURS: TOURS BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M. THE LAST TOUR OF THE EVENING BEGINS AT APPROXIMATELY 9:00 P.M.
SUNDAY: NO TOURS ARE OFFERED

Parking Ticket

To park onsite, you will need a free, timed-entry Parking Ticket. Parking Tickets will become available on and after January 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EST through this website. Unfortunately, no other parking options are available, including on nearby residential streets.

Name and email are required to reserve a Parking Ticket. This personal information will be used only for the Temple Open House and no other purpose.

Shuttle Ticket

A free shuttle from the Forest Glen Metro Station will be available during designated hours (Weekday evenings and Saturdays). To reserve up to 8 complimentary Shuttle Tickets, please refer to this website on and after January 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

Alternate Transportation

Without a Parking Ticket or Shuttle Ticket, we ask that you use alternative forms of transportation for your arrival and departure.

There will be a designated area for drop-off and pick-up, including taxis and ride shares, such as Lyft and Uber.

Public transportation via bus is available nearby. See Route 4 for map and schedule.

Tour Tickets

Tour Tickets for the Temple Open House are NOT required for Temple entry.

Individual Temple entry for the Temple Open House by foot, public transit, taxi, bike, Lyft, Uber, etc. does NOT require a Tour Ticket.

Group Tours and Special Requests

For bus tours, groups of 20 or more, or special requests, you may email [email protected] for assistance on and after January 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

If buses or large motor vehicles intend to park onsite, a special Parking Ticket is required. Please email [email protected] on and after January 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EST to make the request.

Tours in Additional Languages

Details will be posted here soon.

Photography

No photography or video recording is permitted in the Temple.

Guests are welcome to take pictures outside on the Temple grounds. We encourage guests to share their images and experience using the hashtag #DCTemple or via social media @DCTemple.

Scroll to the top of this page to enjoy photographs that preview the interior of the Temple.

Safety and Security

The safety and security of all guests is a priority.

All guests will be required to pass through a metal detector prior to the Temple Open House tour.

Bags are subject to inspection. Consider traveling light without bags, backpacks, strollers, valuables, etc.

Weapons and potentially harmful items are not permitted.

COVID-19 Protocol

Local, county, state, and federal guidelines will be strictly followed.

Masks may be required inside the temple regardless of vaccination status.

We ask that guests respect any measures of physical distancing guidelines that may exist.

For more information regarding Montgomery County, Maryland health recommendations, please visit: https://montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/face-coverings.html

Accessibility

Limited wheelchairs are available. Parking proximity is available by displaying disability placard. A free, timed-entry Parking Ticket is also required.

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