Nearly three years after an earthquake caused over 150 cracks, the Washington Monument reopened to the public today. 

In August 2011, a 5.8-magnitude crack the structure's marble and mortar, causing debris to fall inside and outside of the monument. After a $15 million restoration project, the monument is back, and with new exhibits. As expected, the lines were long in D.C. today.

Politico notes that extended hours, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., will begin tomorrow and last through the end of summer. 

[via Politico]

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