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Tuesday
Mar252014

Washington Monument to Reopen in May Following Repairs

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Monument is set to reopen in May after a 32-month closure due to damage from an earthquake.

Scaffolding surrounding the structure will begin to come down this week, and the National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall will host a re-opening ceremony on May 12. 

In an announcement Tuesday, the park service said public tours of the Monument will resume at 1 p.m. on re-opening day and tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.

The Washington Monument has been closed since Aug. 23, 2011 after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake caused damage to its interior and exterior. Final stages of the restoration are being completed, including repairs to more than 150 cracks.

Businessman David Rubenstein donated $7.5 million to the structural restoration, matching public funds allotted by Congress.

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