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Your Visit

We look forward to welcoming you to the Open House.

Before your visit, we recommend that you watch this video about why we build temples and how our worship here brings comfort and peace to our lives. Many of the questions you may have during your tour are answered throughout the video. Coming prepared will elevate your temple tour and improve your overall experience.

Temple Open House Introduction Video:  ASL  Cantonese  |  Italian  |  French  |  English  German  Mandarin  Portuguese Brazilian  |  Spanish

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

What to Expect

For attendees with tickets, we ask that you arrive during the 30-minute time frame printed on your ticket to the Open House parking areas or at the Forest Glen Metro Station (Red Line). Please come prepared to present an electronic or hard copy of the reservation to the parking staff or shuttle driver. If applicable, please also have your disability placard clearly displayed.

Parking spaces are available by reservation only, you can make parking reservations here. There will be a designated area for drop-off and pick-up, including taxis and ride shares, such as Lyft and Uber. 

Guests will be required to pass through metal detectors in the Temple area.

All bags will be inspected. Potentially harmful items are not permitted. No weapons allowed. Please leave valuables at home rather than in your vehicle, and please consider leaving baby strollers, bulky bags, and backpacks in your
car.

The Open House includes a 40-minute walking tour with multiple stairs. Each tour is self-guided, with volunteers along the way to assist as needed. Elevators are available if necessary.

At the beginning of the tour, you will be given foot coverings to wear to keep the temple clean. The coverings have no religious significance. 

Details about each space in the temple will be provided for you to read as you go. The flyers are available in multiple languages.

Photos and videos are not permitted while inside the temple. We ask that guests be respectful in words and behavior while visiting.

At the end of the tour, there will be people available to answer questions outside the temple in multiple languages.

We are eager to have as many guests access the temple as possible, so we will appreciate those with parking reservations to keep in mind that others may be waiting to park, but there is not a time limit for you to move your vehicle. 

As you leave please be safe.  Check back on the website for future events at the Washington D.C. Temple, we would love to have visit again.

After Your Visit

Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center

The center will reopen to the public Friday, June 17 daily from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. The center is open year-round with exhibits, activities, and events that are family friendly, free of charge, and open to the public.

Temple Rededication Concert

Join the Washington D.C. Temple Choir for a special concert commemorating the temple rededication! The concert is free and no ticket is required. All are welcome!

Saturday, June 11, 7 p.m.
Annandale Stake Center
3900 Howard St Annandale VA

Sunday, June 12, 7 p.m.
Washington D.C. Stake Center

Open House FAQs

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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