QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Your Washington, DC Monuments and Landmarks?


Any visitor to Washington, DC knows the number of national landmarks within walking distance can’t be matched anywhere else in the U.S. Test your knowledge of some of these landmarks with this tour through DC. 

  1. 1 Construction on this building was completed in 1935. What's it called?

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    1. Department of Energy Building
    2. United States Supreme Court
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    Many images of great lawmakers in history are carved into the facade of the building including Moses, Napoleon and Confucius.

  2. 2 This memorial was built without any government funds. Which is it?

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    1. Vietnam Memorial
    2. World War I Memorial
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    First unveiled in November 1982, this memorial has the names of 58,000 U.S. soldiers killed during the Vietnam War inscribed upon it. 

  3. 3 There was once water where this monument stands today. Who's this dedicated to?

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    1. Hamilton Memorial
    2. Jefferson Memorial
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    The Jefferson Memorial was one of Washington’s best beach spots until it was filled in at the start of construction in 1939.

  4. 4 This place was established on August 10, 1846 "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge. What's it's name?

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    1. Library of Congress
    2. Smithsonian Institution
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    Smithsonian collections include 156 million artworks, artifacts, and specimens

  5. 5 This 1.5-million-square-foot building was opened on March 17, 1910. What does it hold?

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    1. Department of Defense
    2. Museum of Natural History
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    In addition to over 125 million natural specimens and artifacts, the Natural History Museum also contains the 45.52 karat “Hope Diamond.”

  6. 6 Then President George H. W. Bush was present for the groundbreaking on June 14, 1992. These soldiers are from?

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    1. Korean Memorial
    2. World War I Memorial
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    The monument displays 19 stainless-steel statues of Korean War soldiers.

  7. 7 Which location boasts 36 statues of Roman Legionnaires?

    1. Washington Union Station
    2. National Railroad Museum
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    Union Station was crucial to the development of modern Washington beginning in 1907 with its opening. During World War II, as many as 200,000 people passed through this station in a single day. 

  8. 8 Which building is known as “The Castle” and was built from 1847-1855?

    1. National War College
    2. The Smithsonian Institute Castle
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    Originally designed to serve as the home for the Smithsonian Institute director, the Castle today serves as the administrative HQ for the Institute as well as the Visitor’s Center.

  9. 9 A farmer’s market sat on the spot of this building from 1801 until 1931 when it was demolished to make way for construction. What's it called?

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    1. National Archives Building
    2. The Patent and Trademark Office
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    The rotunda holds the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. 

  10. 10 Part of the interior of this building collapsed In June 1893 and killed 22 people. What's this place known as?

    1. National Opera House
    2. Ford’s Theater
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    Performances at the theater resumed 100 years after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1868 and continue to this day.  

  11. 11 Hint: This building is on the back of the ten dollar bill.

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    1. Department of the Interior Building
    2. Treasury Building
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    The first Treasury Building in Washington DC was a two story brick building until construction began on the East and Central wing of the Treasury Building in 1836. 

  12. 12 Which library was established in 1800?

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    1. Library of Congress
    2. Georgetown Public Library
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    In 1815, Thomas Jefferson donated his personal collection of more than 6,400 books for the library after it was destroyed in 1814 by the British. 

  13. 13 Which one of these cathedrals is Helen Keller is buried in?

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    1. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
    2. Washington National Cathedral
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    Not opened until 1990, this is the sixth-largest cathedral in the world.

  14. 14 This president’s most famous quotes are engraved in places around this memorial. Who is he?

    1. FDR Memorial
    2. Woodrow Wilson Memorial
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    Former president Bill Clinton dedicated this memorial in 1997. 

  15. 15 What's the name of this tomb in Arlington National Cemetery?

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    1. Grant’s Tomb
    2. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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    President Warren G. Harding presided over an interment ceremony on Veterans Day, 1921, for an unknown soldier who died during World War I. Since then, unknown soldiers of WWII, The Korean War and The Vietnam War have been interred there.

  16. 16 This building took 17 years to build and was completed in 1888. Which president bears its name?

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    1. The Harry S. Truman Building
    2. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building
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    Initially, the building was erected to house the State, War and Navy Departments but now most notably houses the Office of the Vice President of the United States. 

  17. 17 What's the name of this memorial unveiled in 1931 by the widow of President Taft?

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    1. Women’s Suffrage Memorial
    2. Titanic Memorial
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    This memorial honors the men who gave their lives so that women and children might be saved during the RMS Titanic disaster.

  18. 18 This memorial was dedicated on Armistice Day 1931. Its official name is?

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    1. District of Columbia War Memorial
    2. William McKinley Memorial
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    This 47 foot tall dome stands for World War I soldiers that fought and gave their lives.

  19. 19 This is more commonly known as the Iwo Jima Memorial because of the famous photograph that inspired the statue. What's its real name?

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    1. Marine Corps War Memorial
    2. World War II Memorial
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    Three of the six flag raisers died fighting on Iwo Jima. The three survivors posed for the memorial’s sculpture.

  20. 20 This memorial includes second-largest equestrian statue in the United States and the fourth-largest in the world. Who does it honor?

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    1. General Custer Memorial
    2. Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
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    Grant faces the Lincoln Memorial on his horse, Cincinnatus.

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