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Jan 20, 2020
Towering Over the Nation's Capital and built in 1899, the Old Post Office's clock tower offers panoramic views of Washington, DC. The tower houses the Congress Bells, a Bicentennial gift from England commemorating friendship between the nations. Locals picketing under the banner "Don't Tear It Down" saved the building from demolition in 1971, then formed the DC Preservation League, important steps in the urban preservation movement.
The Old Post Office stands at the intersection of 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. There are public entrances located on the Pennsylvania Avenue front side, the east side, and in back at the south side. On Sunday mornings, only the south entrance is open.
Operating Hours and Seasons
Summer: Beginning Memorial Day and continuing through Labor Day, the tower is open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except Thursdays when the tower closes at 7:00 p.m. for bell ringing practice. On Sundays and Federal Holidays, the tower is open from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. Last tours go up fifteen minutes before closing.
Winter: From Labor Day to Memorial Day, the tower is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. On Sundays and Federal Holidays, the tower is open from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. The tower will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days. Last tours go up fifteen minutes before closing.
Self Guided Tours begin approximately every five minutes from the elevator lobby on the stage level of the Old Post Office Pavilion. Visitors board the glass elevator to the exhibit area and then follow the signs to gain access to the observation deck. The observation deck is exposed to the elements and may be closed during hazardous weather.
Fees and Reservations
The Old Post Office Tower has no fees or reservations associated with a visit. However, a permit may be required for some planned events, depending upon the activity and number of participants. For more information please see the permit section.
Laws and PoliciesFirearms
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law makes possession of firearms in national parks subject to local and state firearms laws. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit the District of Columbia's website.
See Division I, Title 7, Subtitle J, Chapter 25
District of Columbia Attorney General: Federal law continues to prohibit firearms in federal facilities in this park. Those federal facilities are marked with signs at public entrances.