You are invited to come inside

April 28–June 4, 2022, excluding Sundays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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

Open to the public for the first time in 50 years, we invite you to take a tour of this beautiful and iconic building. Come & See the place where we find peace, purpose and connection to each other and to God. During the open house, people of all ages, faiths, and no faith are welcome to come inside.
 

Beautiful Grounds

Enjoy the stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and calming reflecting pools.

Uplifting Interiors

Experience spaces where uncommon peace and quiet can be found.

Stunning Art & Murals

Appreciate the variety of artwork depicting Jesus Christ’s life and teachings.

Ticket Availability

The Open House is free but parking and shuttle tickets are required in order to access the parking lot or use the metro shuttle. Individuals who arrive without a car or do not come on the metro shuttle do not need tickets. Individual entry for the Temple Open House by foot, public transit, taxi, bike, Lyft, Uber, etc. does not require a Tour Ticket. 

Parking tickets will continue to be released as reservations fill up.

Please reserve only one parking ticket per vehicle. 

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A valid email account is required to confirm your reservation.

Additional Info

To park onsite, you will need a free, timed-entry Parking Ticket that you can obtain through the calendar above. Unfortunately, no other parking options are available, including on nearby residential streets. Please reserve only one ticket per vehicle. 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.

A free shuttle from the Forest Glen Metro Station will be available during designated hours (Weekday evenings and Saturdays). To reserve up to four complimentary Shuttle Tickets, please use the Ticket Availability calendar above.

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 Montgomery Ride On Bus — Route 4 for map and schedule.

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.

For bus tours, groups of 20 or more, or special requests, you may email [email protected] for assistance.

If buses or large motor vehicles intend to park onsite, a special Parking Ticket is required. Please email [email protected] to make the request.

Details will be posted here soon.

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.

Enjoy photographs that preview the interior of the Temple here.

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.

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

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

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

The Open House tour is self guided with no video or spoken dialogue that requires interpretation. American Sign Language translations of the information printed and posted throughout the temple will be available at the Open House. We recommend that you watch this introductory video in preparation for your visit.

The temple is accessible having elevators and places to sit.  We also have a limited number of wheelchairs available.

Parking for those with a disability is available by displaying disability placard. A free, timed-entry Parking Ticket is also required. There is not a way to pre-reserve handicapped spaces. Handicapped parking is in Lot A but if you have already booked parking in Lot B and have a handicapped placard, you will be redirected at the entrance to parking Lot A. 

Each temple is a beacon of light and hope. The temple, the House of the Lord, stands as a symbol of our faith in life after death and as a stepping stone to eternal life for us and our families. The temple is a sacred and essential part of God’s plan for our happiness, now and forever.

Russell M. Nelson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

The Open House is free but Parking and Shuttle Tickets are required in order to access the parking lot or ride the shuttle from the metro station. 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 are available through this website. (Tour Tickets are not required for entry.)

A shuttle from Forest Glen Metro Station (Weekday evenings and Saturdays) will also be available. Required Shuttle Tickets are free of charge and are available 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. 

No, you do not need a tour ticket to enter the temple during the Open House. Parking Tickets are available on this website.

No, you only need one parking ticket for each car, regardless of how many people will be in your car. If you are reserving metro shuttle tickets you will need one ticket per person riding the metro shuttle. There is no ticket required for entry to the open house. 

Because parking spaces and Metro shuttle seats are limited and many people would like to attend the Open House, please cancel any reservations you no longer need. Please follow the directions for “Cancel your free registration” on Eventbrite. To do so, you will need to create a free account on Eventbrite using the same email address used to reserve your ticket if you do not already have an account. You may also navigate through your confirmation email: click “View and manage your order online” under “Order Summary”. After logging on to Eventbrite, click the button “Cancel Order.” Thank you for being considerate of others and allowing them the chance to participate.

Reserve your parking pass and/or shuttle reservations for easy access to the grounds.  Be timely.  Watch the introductory video about Temple before you come, and definitely wear comfortable shoes.  The 40-minute, self-guided walking tour of the interior of the Temple includes walking from room to room, floor to floor, with over 150 stairs in between.  Of course, elevators are available for your convenience.  In terms of clothing, you will be asked to wear foot coverings, but they do not have religious significance.  They are only to protect the floors.  We hope our guests will feel comfortable, will recognize this is a very holy place, and be respectful in word and behavior.  At the end of the tour, there will be people available to answer questions outside the temple in multiple languages.

There are beautiful temple grounds that can be viewed after the tour.  Photos can be taken outside the temple in the grounds.  After the temple is rededicated, the grounds will be available to the neighbors and the general public.

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

Parking Lot A is closer to the temple. Parking Lot B is also within close walking distance to the temple. 

That 30 minute window is so that you can have some time to park. Please try to come at the beginning of that window, but we understand traffic and other challenges.  Please park within that 30 minutes. 

You do not need to leave within the 30 minute window – once you are parked, you may stay at the temple for the length of the tour and your visit.  We are eager to have as many guests access the temple as possible, so we will appreciate you leaving as soon as you can, but there is not a time limit for you to move your vehicle. 

There is handicap parking onsite, and the temple is handicap-accessible. There are elevators available and places to sit throughout the temple if needed.  There will be volunteer staff on-site at all times who can provide assistance upon request.

The temple is accessible having elevators and places to sit.  We also have a limited number of wheelchairs available.

Parking for those with a disability is available by displaying disability placard. A free, timed-entry Parking Ticket is also required. There is not a way to pre-reserve handicapped spaces. Handicapped parking is in Lot A but if you have already booked parking in Lot B and have a handicapped placard, you will be redirected at the entrance to parking Lot A. 

 

Parking for those with a disability is available by displaying disability placard. A free, timed-entry Parking Ticket is also required. There is not a way to pre-reserve handicapped spaces. Handicapped parking is in Lot A but if you have already booked parking in Lot B and have a handicapped placard, you will be redirected at the entrance to parking Lot A. 

Unfortunately, service animals are not permitted in the temple.  If additional assistance is needed, please ask any of the volunteers on-site.

Thank you for your willingness to serve. Please contact your neighborhood Bishop or Relief Society President from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about volunteering to help with the Open House.

We do not anticipate that it will be difficult to obtain multiple Parking Tickets for the same time slot.

Ticketing information for the Rededication is not yet available. Tickets will be handled by leaders in Church stakes.  A recommend will be required.

Yes, there are plans for bike racks.

Absolutely. Children are welcome. 

Yes. The 40-minute walking tour of the interior of the Temple includes visiting several floors and scaling over 150 stairs. Elevators are available.

Unfortunately, no food or beverages will be provided at the Temple Open House.

There are outdoor toilet and sink facilities available in the parking lot of the temple.

Absolutely! Everyone is welcome. Whatever your background, you are invited to join us!

All members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints within the temple district are provided access for their family and friends on designated “Stake Temple Days”. During those times, stake verification is required but parking tickets are not needed for you or for your friends and family. Please check with your Bishop or Relief Society President for more information regarding your designated day and time.

The Temple and Visitors’ Center grounds did not have Christmas lights in 2021 due to preparations for the Temple Open House, restrictions from Covid 19 and the closure of  Beach Drive for bridge replacement.  We expect to have the Festival of Lights in 2022.

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.

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

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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Location

Standing on the sprawling grounds about 10 miles North of the United States Capitol, the gold-spired Washington D.C. Temple is a well-known landmark along the Capital Beltway in Kensington, Maryland.

Sharing the 57.4-acre wooded site are the Washington D.C. Stake Center and the beautiful Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center, which is currently closed due to COVID-19 and preparations for the Temple Open House.  When the Visitors’ Center opens June 20, 2022, it has numerous interactive exhibits, an inspiring reproduction of the Christus statue, and educational seminars and concerts offered throughout the year. Admission is always free. 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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