Post Office Clock Tower Reopens For Public Tours

Clock tower at the Old Post Office Pavilion on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (Shane Goad)

Visitors to downtown Washington, DC now have a new way to enjoy the skyline of the nation’s capital.

The National Park Service (NPS) has resumed tours of the clock tower at the Old Post Office Pavilion. Tours were discontinued in early 2014 as work began on the $200 million construction project to convert the former post office to what is now Trump International Hotel.

The tower will likely become a popular destination for those hoping to enjoy breathtaking views of the District. The Washington Monument is expected to remain closed for repairs until early 2019.

A tower visitor I spoke with says it seemed like the best alternative to the frequently closed Washington Monument, “this is the fifth time I’ve been here and it’s been closed off every time.” She learned of the tower’s reopening on Twitter and decided to add it to the itinerary of a group of 48 students and parents visiting from Mississippi.

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The 315-foot clock tower is operated by NPS, which offers free tours to the public between 9am-5pm Thursday thru Sunday. Visitors are advised to arrive by 4:30pm to be granted access to the tower. Tower guests can enter the tower from the rear (south side) of the hotel through an entrance off of 12th Street.

Visitors will also see exhibits detailing the history of the pavilion, where construction was finished in 1899.