A new museum will be built beneath the Lincoln Memorial, the National Park Service announced on President’s Day.
“For more than a century, the Lincoln Memorial has been the crucible of American democracy, an enduring platform for free speech, the site of civil protests that still shape society, and the scene of national celebrations,” Will Shafroth, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation, said in a press release. “Thanks to generous donors, the National Park Service will ensure the Lincoln Memorial continues to make history for another 100 years.”
Expected to begin in March, the $69 million project will see a 15,000-square-foot museum built in the “cavernous undercroft” beneath the heralded D.C. landmark where visitors will be able to explore an immersive theater and exhibits surrounding the construction and history of the memorial.
“The undercroft of the Lincoln Memorial, long hidden from public view, offers a fascinating setting to learn more about America’s 16th president and the memorial that honors him,” said Jeff Reinbold, superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks. “Thanks to the National Park Foundation and its generous donors, visitors will be able to view this dramatic architectural feature, learn about how the memorial was built, and how its meaning has evolved over the last century.”
In addition to the new museum, the project will also include constructing new restrooms, an elevator, and a larger bookstore/gift shop for visitors to patronize after their visit.
The National Park Service is aiming to have the museum completed 2026, just in time to mark the 250th anniversary of Independence Day in the United States.
For more information, visit the National Park Service website.