Its placement on the Tidal Basin south of the White House was chosen to complete an axis of monuments in the heart of the capital city. Dedicated in 1943 on the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth, a standing bronze statue of the former president is the centerpiece of the memorial.
The monument is particularly popular among tourists during the spring, when the Japanese cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin are in full bloom. Tokyo presented the first of these trees to Washington in 1912.
National Park Service: Jefferson Memorial
Interior View | check out the exterior