The White House and lawmakers took to Twitter on Monday to welcome the reopening of the Washington Monument after a nearly three year closure.

Public tours inside the Washington Monument began Monday at 1 p.m.


The 555-foot high monument closed down to the public after the Aug. 23, 2011, magnitude 5.8 earthquake the rocked the city and damaged the structure. The repairs took nearly three years and $15 million, split between the Trust for the National Mall and a donation from private businessman David Rubenstein.


For much of that time the monument had been covered in scaffolding during the repairs. It came down late last year.




The White House and Interior Department encouraged people to follow the action with the hashtag #MonuMeet.