National Capital Planning Commission

Memorials & Museums Master Plan


The Memorials and Museums Master Plan ensures that future generations will have preeminent sites for memorials and museums in the national capital.

The plan shows how to meet demand for museums and commemorative works while protecting the National Mall and preserving other existing museum and memorial settings. The plan

  • Identifies the 100 most suitable sites for future memorials and museums
  • Describes and evaluates site conditions
  • Establishes a commemorative zone policy for siting memorials and museums
  • Inventories existing memorials and museums
  • Forecasts demand for new museums and memorials
NCPC developed the plan in consultation with the two other review bodies that approve the location and design of commemorative works on federal land—the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission.

Proposed Sites
100 Proposed Sites



Congress enacted the plan’s commemorative zone in 2003. The policy designates a no-build area on the central cross-axis of the Mall and reserves an additional zone for commemorative works of preeminent historic and national significance.

The plan has guided six commemorative works to off-the-Mall sites:

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial
    (in progress)
  • U.S. Air Force Memorial
  • The Victims of Communism Memorial
  • American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (in progress)
  • Thomas Masaryk Memorial
  • Memorial to Victims of the Ukrainian Manmade Famine of 1932-33
    (in progress)

Congress authorized three additional memorials to John Adams, Frederick Douglass, and Francis Marion ("The Swamp Fox"). NCPC is working with the sponsors to identify appropriate sites.

Map of the Reserve and Area 1
Map of the Reserve and Area 1
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