Founding Father

Author of the Declaration of Independence, statesman and visionary for the founding of a nation. Read More

Statue being lifted into place
History of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Bronze statue being lifted into place within the memorial chamber

Jefferson Memorial at night
A Monumental Design

Thomas Jefferson was a passionate student of architecture, and elements of his influential designs appear in the memorial.

Jefferson Memorial under construction
"A Shrine to Freedom"

A timeline and photographs show how 75 years ago plans to memorialize America's third president were realized.

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson
A Spokesman for Democracy

Thomas Jefferson was a complex, 19th-century man with a wide ranging impact on the very makeup of American itself.

Jefferson Memorial framed by cherry trees
A Pantheon Among the Cherry Blossoms

Situated on the Tidal Basin among the Japanese flowering cherry trees, the Jefferson Memorial is the perfect place to experience peak bloom.

Last updated: March 15, 2024

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