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All activities are family friendly and open to all. The temple grounds are a sacred place. We love to laugh, smile, and have fun. We ask that the temple grounds be treated with kindness and respect. For more information about expected behavior and policies, click here.

Entering the temple itself is reserved only for members with an active temple recommend (more details here).

Free Tours

Tour the Visitors' Center and Temple Grounds

Enjoy a guided tour with one of our friendly volunteers. On the tour, you’ll get an inside look on the best views, explore the grounds, be guided through interactive displays, and have an amazing experience with Thorvaldsen’s Christus.

Interactive
Displays

Interactive Exhibits & Displays

Enjoy interactive exhibits that are fun and family friendly. Each exhibit helps families learn about God’s Plan, Prayer, and other uplifting experiences.
In addition to exhibits, there are videos for families to enjoy. Videos and interactive exhibits are available in multiple languages.

Art & Murals

Learn About Christ Through Art

Follow Christ’s life through paintings in the building, and interact with exciting exhibits. Reflect on the majesty and wonder of God’s creations and ponder the invitation of the outstretched arms of Thorvaldsen’s Christus, a magnificent 11-foot statue of the Savior.

Curated Gardens

Explore the Gardens

The Washington D.C Temple sits atop a 52-acre hilltop with woods, specimen trees, and beautiful flower gardens.
The gardens are intended to be a peaceful place for resting, pondering, and leisurely walks.

Inspiring Views

Gain Perspective

The Washington D.C. Temple rises magnificently against the sky, either in the daylight sun or when illuminated at night. Enjoy the peace of the gardens, the flowing fountain, and the inspiring views.

Photography

Capture the Moment

Stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and flowing fountains make the Washington D.C. Temple perfect for photography. Photographers are welcome to use the grounds for photoshoots. There is no entrance fee or photography fee.

Take a Tour

Take a guided tour with one of our Sister Missionaries. On the tour, you’ll get an inside look at the best views, enjoy the peaceful reflection pool and fountains, be guided through interactive displays, and have an unforgettable experience with Thorvaldsen’s Christus.

Learn the best places for selfies and photo shots, the top 3 views of the Temple, and the hidden gems of the Washington D.C. Temple. These tours are free and no appointment is necessary. If you wish to schedule a virtual tour please click on the button below.

Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center

Location

9900 Stoneybrook Dr. 
Kensington, MD 20895

Contact Us

Phone : + 1 301 587 0144

Our Hours

MON-SAT 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

SUNDAY 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Follow Us

Clean restrooms are available in the Visitors’ Center. Free Parking.

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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.

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.  
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