The Pentagon

Description And Comments

Built amidst the conflict of World War II, the Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. As you might assume from the name, the Pentagon is a gigantic, 29 acre building constructed in the shape of a triangle (okay, you got us, it’s a pentagon). The entire structure was built in only 16 months by 4,000 men working around the clock, with everything completed on January 15, 1943. The finished building contains 5 concentric rings of 5 floors (plus two below ground) and a 5 acre courtyard at its center. At its maximum, the Pentagon held almost 33,000 workers – although 55,555 seems like it would have been more appropriate.

If you are interested in seeing the interior of the Pentagon, tours of one of the world’s largest office buildings are available for free, although tickets are required. The tickets can be requested on the Pentagon’s website anywhere from 14 to 90 days before your visit. Tickets will not be issued if your visit is less than 14 days from the time of your request. The tour involves facts and history on the four branches of the military, a look at the indoor September 11th memorial, an opportunity to examine a Medal of Honor, as well as other exhibits related to the building and the United States Military.

For those taking a tour, be aware that there is no parking at the Pentagon. Parking is available at the Pentagon City Mall, a short walk away, but taking the Metro is your best bet. You are also advised to check in for your tour 1 hour prior to its start for security screening purposes. A full hour is excessive, but the security process is very strict and will not be rushed, so being late for your tour is unwise.


1400 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C.
Arlington, Virginia

Mon-Fri 9am-3pm