Visitors’ Center

Explore the Visitors' Center

We invite you to visit with your family and friends and enjoy a self-guided, Christ-centered experience that is informative, inspirational, engaging, and fun! The temple grounds are sacred, and we ask that they be treated with kindness and respect. Virtual or in-person tours of the visitors’ center are available 365 days a year, from 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Virtual tours are available for scheduling here. In-person tours can be given by requesting one from a volunteer at the visitors’ center. Entering the temple is reserved only for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with an active temple recommend.

Tour the Visitors' Center

Enjoy a virtual or in-person tour with one of our friendly volunteers, available 365 days/year 10 A.M. - 9 P.M. On the tour, you’ll be guided through interactive displays in the visitors' center, have oportunities to ask questions, and have an amazing experience with Thorvaldsen’s Christus.

Interactive Exhibits & Displays

Enjoy interactive exhibits that are fun and family friendly. Each exhibit helps families learn about God’s Plan, prayer, and other uplifting experiences. In addition to exhibits, there are videos for families to enjoy. Videos and interactive exhibits are available in multiple languages.

Learn About Christ Through Art

Follow Christ’s life through paintings in the building, and interact with exciting exhibits. Reflect on the majesty and wonder of God’s creations and ponder the invitation of the outstretched arms of Thorvaldsen’s Christus, a magnificent 11-foot statue of the Savior.

Auditorium

Located in the bottom floor of the visitors' center, this massive theater is complete with 540 comfortable seats and is the perfect place to enjoy yourself with friends and family. Devotionals, concerts, and other performances are held here throughout the year.

DC Temple Model

An intricate, detailed model of the DC Temple is cut-away and beautifully lit to show you what the inside of the temple looks like. Frequently asked questions about the purpose and blessings of temples are answered through a series of short videos you can select.

Gain Perspective

The Washington D.C. Temple rises magnificently against the sky, either in the daylight sun or when illuminated at night. Enjoy the peace of the gardens, the flowing fountain, and the inspiring views.

Temples Through Time Exhibit

Temples have existed for thousands of years. Moses had a tabernacle, Solomon built a beautiful temple, and Jesus taught at the temple in Jerusalem. Discover how temples and the promises made with God within them bless and teach us today.

Explore the Gardens

The Washington D.C Temple sits atop a 52-acre hilltop with woods, specimen trees, and beautiful flower gardens. The gardens are intended to be a peaceful place for resting, pondering, and leisurely walks.

Building History

The Washington DC Temple has undergone incredible renovations since ground was first broken for the site on December 7, 1968. It is the tallest temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the world at a staggering 288 feet (69 meters) tall. This display only has more to tell!

Discover the Visitors' Center

We encourage you to discover everything we have to offer at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center! If you have questions, we have many missionaries and volunteers who are happy to answer your questions or guide you on a free tour.

Upcoming Visitors' Center Events

Facilities

There is a lot to do at the Washington DC Temple. Check below for specific information about a location.

Washington D.C. Temple

The Washington D.C. Temple is considered a literal house of the Lord by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The principal purpose of the temple is to provide ordinances and blessings to members near and far. Ordinances include endowment, marriage, and baptism.

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Distribution Center – Washington D.C. Temple

Distribution centers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are places where Church materials, such as books of scripture, magazines, art, and clothing are sold. There is a large selection of Bibles, copies of the Book of Mormon, and Triple Combinations of scripture.

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Washington D.C. Temple
Visitors' Center

9900 Stoneybrook Dr
Kensington MD 20895 United States

+1 (301) 587-0144

wdcvisitorscenter@gmail.com

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Open daily - 10 A.M. - 9 P.M.

Clean restrooms.

Free parking available.

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