The George Washington Masonic Memorial was built in the 1920s as a memorial and a museum highlighting the contributions of Freemasons to the United States. This magnificent structure in Alexandria, Virginia, also serves as a research center, a library, community center, performing arts center and concert hall, a banquet hall and meeting site for local and visiting Masonic lodges. This magnificent nine-story neoclassical structure has been erected and maintained by the Freemasons of the United States as an expression of the high esteem in which the memory of George Washington is held within the Masonic fraternity, and to preserve the history and heritage of American Freemasonry. In 2015, the National Park Service named the Memorial a National Historic Landmark, in recognition that it is “the only major unified, fully national initiative of the Freemasons and among the boldest attempts by a private organization to memorialize George Washington.” The Memorial is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed on major holidays). Admission to the Memorial is $18. Children aged 12 and under are admitted to the Memorial for free and must be accompanied by an adult. Five tours run daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. The guided tour is one hour in length and includes five or more areas of the Memorial, including several exhibit rooms and the Observation Deck which offers an extraordinary view of the city.