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.
What to Expect
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!
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.
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, seven days a week year-round from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 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.
Every year, around 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.
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