The neoclassical memorial located at the Tidal Basin commemorates the third president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson. The construction of the beautiful building was finished in 1943 (the statue of Jefferson was added four years later) and it was designed by John Russell Pope.
The memorial is covered in white marble and it looks especially stunning during the spring season when the many cherry trees surrounding it are in blossom. If you are visiting Washington during that time, you should definitely not miss it.
The focal point of the interior is the bronze statue of Jefferson. The walls are decorated with various quotes by Jefferson (taken e.g. from the Declaration of Independence and other documents that he authored or his correspondence).
The whole place is located slightly off the beaten track and therefore its atmosphere is very calm and serene. It is definitely a place worth visiting even though you have to walk for quite a while to get there.
Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 am to 10 pm daily and to provide interpretive programs throughout the day and upon request.