Washington D.C. Temple Open House—Postponed
- September 24-October 31, 2020
The public open house for the renovated Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, originally scheduled for September 24 through October 31, is postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Church will reschedule the open house when large public gatherings are deemed safe.
The original dates for the Washington D.C. Temple’s rededication events were announced in late February. They included a public open house originally scheduled for Sept. 24 though Oct. 31, excluding the Sundays of Sept. 27 and Oct. 11, 18 and 25 and the general conference weekend dates of Oct. 3-4. The Sunday, Dec. 13, rededication was to be preceded by a Dec. 12 youth devotional.
The temple closed for renovations in 2018 to update mechanical and electrical systems, refresh finishes and furnishing and improve the grounds.
Once rescheduled, the open house will mark the first time the public will be able to tour the temple since its 1974 dedication. The open house will highlight the iconic temple — the first Latter-day Saint edifice built in the eastern United States — the grounds, and the temple visitors’ center.
Following the open house, the rededication and youth devotional will be broadcast to Latter-day Saint meetinghouses within the Washington D.C. Temple district.
The temple, the Church’s 16th in operation, was announced in 1968 and was dedicated six years later by President Spencer W. Kimball.
The original public open house of the Washington D.C. Temple was attended by 758,328 guests, including Betty Ford, wife of then–U.S. president Gerald Ford. These tours resulted in over 75,000 missionary referrals.
The 160,000-square-foot temple sits on 52 acres and serves 123,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Washington, D.C.; Pennsylvania; Virginia; West Virginia; and Maryland. It is located 10 miles north of the United States Capitol.
Pennsylvania; Virginia; West Virginia; and Maryland. It is located 10 miles north of the United States Capitol.
Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver, Deseret News.
A rendering of the bridge pathway of the Washington D.C. Temple.
A rendering of the entry and recommend desk of the Washington D.C. Temple.
A model of the Washington D.C. Temple is featured in the visitors’ center. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver, Deseret News.