For 100 years, the Lincoln Memorial has been a Washington, D.C., staple — it’s seen by millions of visitors each year.
But what’s been hidden from the public all this time is the undercroft beneath the memorial.
Now, thanks to a big donation and a huge renovation, the undercroft will be open to the public in 2026.
Mike Litterst, a National Park Service spokesman, told the Washington Examiner, “There are 122 concrete pilings, 40 to 50 feet tall, that the memorial was built on. This project is going to let visitors get a view of the area.”
The article noted that the beneath the monument is a huge cavernous area that will be converted to a museum.
Litterst continued, “We will talk about the construction of the Lincoln Memorial and how its meaning has changed over time.”
He said, “The Lincoln Memorial, more than any of the other sites in Washington, has evolved over time.… It has become the de facto location for national celebrations and the premiere place in America where people go to demonstrate.”
The price for such renovations comes in at a whooping $69 million which will be paid partly by the federal government and by a very generous donation from businessman David Rubenstein.
Each year, millions of visitors see the Lincoln Memorial — but what’s been hidden all those years? The undercroft underneath! Now, the undercroft is undergoing construction to become a museum that you will be able to visit in 2026! @dcexaminer
— Christy Matino (@ChristyMatino) March 13, 2023
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