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Most-visited mall in the US hasn't one department store

The National Mall in Washington spans two miles and is used by 25 million visitors annually. Of late, the National Park Service, which oversees the mall's 600 acres, has decided that the time to upgrade the home of many major memorials and museums has come. The public has been invited to participate in a months-long, $800,000 planning process by submitting ideas online for an action plan. It marks the first time in 100 years such a major reassessment has occurred. Some of the major landmarks on the mall and the year in which each opened or was dedicated:

Smithsonian Castle 1855

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Washington Monument 1884


National Museum of Natural History 1910


Lincoln Memorial 1922


National Gallery of Art 1941


Jefferson Memorial 1943


National Museum of American History 1964


National Air and Space Museum 1976

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Vietnam Memorial 1982


Korean War Veterans Memorial 1995


Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial 1997


World War II Memorial 2004


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