Albert Einstein Memorial in Washington, DC

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THE INSIDE SCOOP ON EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VISITING THE Albert Einstein Memorial IN WASHINGTON, DC WITH KIDS.

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Notice Albert’s shiny nose, it’s because there’s a rumor that if you rub it, you’ll get good luck or, even better perhaps, some of his genius will rub off on you! 

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The Albert Einstein Memorial is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. 

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No tickets are required to visit.

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The Albert Einstein Memorial is an outdoor statue. It is partially shaded in the summer months behind the statue where you can stand for a moment to cool off while reading quotes by Einstein. 

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The closest public bathrooms are located in the Lincoln Memorial or in Constitution Gardens, both are about a 5 minute walk (0.2 miles). 

The restroom at the Lincoln Memorial (0.2 miles) is located in the lower lobby area in the southeast corner of the building. If you are looking at the memorial, with the Reflecting Pool behind you, use the ramp on the left side of the memorial.

To get to the public bathroom in Constitution Gardens, you will need to cross the street, and walk past the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and bathroom is to your right.

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There are benches by the memorial and the memorial itself lends itself to sitting a spell with Albert. In fact, this is the one statue in the District that you can climb! You’re kids will love scrambling up into his lap and don’t forget to rub him nose for good luck! 

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This memorial doesn’t have steps of any kind, so it’s very accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. 

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Our National Parks are pet-friendly and your dog is welcome at the National Mall, but they are NOT always permitted inside the monuments and memorials. Although this memorial is not part of the National Park System, if you bring your pet, please keep them on a leash and always clean up after them.

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The closest food available is at a food kiosk in Constitution Gardens, which is right next to the memorial. If you are looking at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, with Constitution Avenue behind you, the food kiosk is to your left on that same path just past the public restrooms.

If you are heading to the Lincoln Memorial or the Korean War Veterans Memorial, there is another food kiosk on that side of the Mall. If you are facing the Lincoln Memorial with the Reflecting Pool behind you, it’s on the left. 

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Cameras are permitted at the Albert Einstein Memorial and sitting on his lap is always a favorite pose! In fact, the National Academy of Sciences asks you to add to the #PhotoswithAlbert campaign.

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Notice Albert’s shiny nose, it’s because there’s a rumor that if you rub it, you’ll get good luck or, even better perhaps, some of his genius will rub off on you!

How to Get to the Albert Einstein Memorial in Washington, DC

Albert Einstein Memorial
2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20418
Nearest Intersection: 22nd St. & Constitution Ave. NW

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The nearest Metro station is Foggy Bottom-GWU Station which is 0.8 miles and about a 13-minute walk to the memorial. It’s a straight shot down 23rd street.

Another option is the Smithsonian Metro Station. You will walk about 25 minutes (1.2 miles) to get to the memorial and pass the Washington Monument along the way. Once you exit the station, just start walking towards the Lincoln Memorial using the paths street to your right, Constitution Avenue. You will eventually need to cross the street to get to the statue, but you can enjoy the paths in Constitution Gardens along the way!  

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If riding the DC Circulator (all rides just $1), use the National Mall route and get off at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial stop. The stop is right across the street from the Albert Einstein Memorial, just look slightly to your left.

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There is bicycle parking near each of the major memorials, but the National Park Service asks that you walk your bikes through the memorials for everyone’s safety and to show respect. The closest bike dock for Capital Bikeshare is located between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

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Dockless scooters are all around, click here to read a helpful article on how to use the scooters. *Please be aware, that according to the scooter companies, you must be 18 years old to use a scooter.

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Parking at the Albert Einstein Memorial is very limited to street parking. There are few spots for handicapped parking by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, otherwise, you can park along 22nd Street (if you get lucky) or Constitution Avenue, NW when it isn’t rush hour. You can often find parking along West Basin Drive, SW by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial/Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (0.7 miles). Parking is paid parking (you’ll need the ParkMobile App) and is limited to 2 hours. Carefully read parking signs to avoid getting a ticket. You can sometimes find parking along the side streets, but it can be difficult to find spring through fall.

Alternatively, if you don’t mind walking a bit further, and you want to park all day without worrying about 2 hour limits, you can park along Ohio Drive, SW, near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial/Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, or at the Tidal Basin parking lot (1500 Maine Avenue SW), or in Lots A, B & C south of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and then walk to the nearest attraction or Circulator stop.

If you want to know you have a guaranteed parking spot waiting for you, we recommend you use SpotHero and choose a garage closeby.

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