Since 1974, the landmark Washington D.C. Temple has been closed to the public, reserved as sacred space for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now, after 48 years, the freshly renovated temple is open to all once again for the next few weeks.

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On Monday, 150 journalists from outlets like The New York Times and Fox News toured the temple and began to post, publish and broadcast stories about the public open house, which begins April 28 and runs through June 11. More guests followed Tuesday, as members of other faiths toured the temple with representatives of the church, including Elders David A Bednar and Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Here then is a look at the temple open house in pictures:

International Religious Freedom Roundtable members pose for a photo prior to a tour of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife Sister Mary Cook talk with volunteer Brad Colton at the Washington D.C. Temple visitors center in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
International Religious Freedom Roundtable members tour The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Arzan Wadia and Kersi Shroff walk the temple grounds prior to a tour of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The sun rises over The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Elder Gerrit W. Gong greets Cardinal Wilton Daniel Gregory, Archbishop of the District of Columbia, at the Washington D.C. Temple.
Elder Gerrit W. Gong, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, greets Cardinal Wilton Daniel Gregory, Archbishop of the District of Columbia, during tours of the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Korean Buddhist Monks wait for their tour of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Syriana Mbakob helps cover shoes for guest tours of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
A fountain flows near The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Trees bloom near The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal smiles after a tour of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Rabbi Blumenthal attended the open house in 1974 as well. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Alyssa Ford covers shoes for a guest touring The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
A reflection in the water of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Clayre Payne helps cover shoes for guest tours of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Sister Hanna Williams and Sister Sophie Smith help with tours of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Elder Gerrit W. Gong, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, talks with tour greeter Alice Haney at the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
An inscription reading “The House of the Lord” is pictured on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Tour attendees walk near The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Anna Little is overcome with emotion with her mother, Kirsten Little, after joining a tour of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple with Gerrit W. Gong, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Kensington, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The shoes of Anne Golightly, director of communications for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple open house, back right, and Khafi McDowell, front right, are covered before a tour of the temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple is pictured in Kensington, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, as tours of the edifice continue. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Elder Gerrit W. Gong, right, talks with Anna Little and Audrey, Ginny and Lily Bastian after a tour of the Washington D.C. Temple.
Elder Gerrit W. Gong, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, right, talks with Anna Little and Audrey, Ginny and Lily Bastian after giving them a tour of the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Shauna Bastian poses for a photo with daughters Audrey, Lily and Ginny after touring The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The D.C. temple in Kensington, Maryland, is pictured.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, is pictured on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple and a model of the temple are reflected in the windows of the visitors’ center in Kensington, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Father Ron Anton, of the Superior Jesuit Community, center, talks with President Brooks Holtom, the soon-to-be mission president of the Mexico Mexico City North mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, after touring the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Dr. Manjit Chowdhary, front left, and others tour The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple
Dr. Manjit Chowdhary, front left, and others tour The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The sun shines on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Father Ron Murphy, of the Superior Jesuit Community, left, smiles after after touring The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Colorful flowers adorn the grounds of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple is pictured in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
A model of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple is pictured in the visitors center with real temple just outside in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Elder Jack Gerard, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is interviewed during a press conference at the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Anne Golightly, director of communications for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple open house, is interviewed in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Sister Reyna I. Aburto is interviewed during a press conference at the Washington D.C. Temple.
Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Relief Society general presidency, is interviewed during a press conference at the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Sister Sharon Eubank is interviewed during a press conference at the Washington D.C. Temple.
Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Relief Society general presidency, is interviewed during a press conference at the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The grounds of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple.
The grounds of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple are pictured in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Members of the media cover a press conference at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple.
Members of the media cover a press conference at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Reyna Aburto, second counselor in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Relief Society general presidency, speaks during a press conference at the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The Rev. Amos Brown, of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, speaks during a press conference.
The Rev. Amos Brown, of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, speaks during a press conference at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
A Christus is displayed near members of the media during a press conference.
A Christus is displayed near members of the media during a press conference at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Reyna Aburto, second counselor in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Relief Society general presidency, left, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Anne Golightly, director of communications for the church’s Washington D.C. Temple open house, Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Rev. Amos Brown, of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, Elder Gerrit W. Gong, a member of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, are pictured at a press conference at the temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Anne Golightly, director of communications for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple open house, speaks during a press conference at the temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Rain falls as Latter-day Saint leaders conduct tours for members of the media at the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland.
Rain falls as Latter-day Saint leaders conduct tours for members of the media at the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Elder David A. Bednar, left, laughs with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan after a tour of the Washington D.C. Temple.
Elder David A. Bednar, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, left, laughs with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan after a tour of the Washington D.C. Temple and visitors’ center in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The spires of the Washington D.C. Temple against a blue sky in Kensington, Maryland.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C.Temple in Kensington, Maryland, is pictured on on Sunday, April 17, 2022, as tours continue for the national and local media. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Motorists drive on the Capital Beltway with a view of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C.Temple in Kensington, Maryland.
Motorists drive on the Capital Beltway with a view of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C.Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday, April 17, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C.Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday, April 17, 2022.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C.Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday, April 17, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C.Temple in Kensington, Maryland, is pictured on Sunday, April 17, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News