Old Post Office Pavilion – History of the Old Post Office Pavilion

Old Post Office Pavilion – History of the Old Post Office Pavilion


Originally built in 1899, The Old Post Office Pavilion embodied the modern spirit that was sweeping the country. Today, our architecture and spirit of innovation continues to evolve and thrive.

Once the first government building to have its own electric power plant, today we continue to electrify — with the help of The DC Preservation League. And, thanks to forward-thinking people, you can now stroll through The Old Post Office Pavilion and experience both its glamorous past and fun-filled present with international food, eclectic shopping and musical events ... All designed to entertain lunch, mid-day and after work audiences all week long.



A highlight of the Old Post Office Pavilion is its 315 foot Clock Tower and unparalleled vistas. Offering a sweeping 360 degree view, National Park Service Rangers give free Clock Tower tours everyday! From individuals to large tour groups, all are welcome.

The Old Post Office Clock Tower also proudly houses the official United States Bells of Congress, a bicentennial gift from England celebrating the end of the Revolutionary War. The Washington Ringing Society sounds the Bells of Congress every Thursday evening and on special occasions.

Visit us any day of the week for a free tour of the Old Post Office Clock Tower.
Dial (202) 606.8691 for more information. It's a great opportunity to learn more about American history; this is a landmark not to be missed no matter your age.

Clock Tower Hours of Operation:

Winter Schedule
(Labor Day to Memorial Day)
Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 4:45 pm
Sundays, 12pm - 5:45pm

Summer Schedule
(Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 7:45 pm
Except for Thursday’s: 9am – 6:30pm
Sunday, 12pm – 5:45pm

Holidays – Please follow Sunday schedule



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