Host an Event

Hosting an event at the National Archives is one of the many benefits of joining the Corporate Council of the Foundation for the National Archives at the Founders level. During your private event, your group may view exhibitions at the National Archives Museum, enjoy customized tours of the “Public Vaults” and “Records of Rights” exhibits, or special exhibitions in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery. You also may explore the magnificent Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom – home of the original Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Make a reservation

For more information, contact Caneil McDonald, Director of Special Events.

Learn more about the various spaces at the historic National Archives Building in Washington, DC:

  • Rotunda Galleries

    The Rotunda Galleries are just steps away from the centerpiece of the National Archives museum, the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. With 75-foot vaulted ceilings, marble floors, and bronze accents, the Galleries can accommodate 100 to 200 people for a... Read more

  • Archivist’s Reception Room

    This elegant and stately reception room features a large marble foyer entry and is suitable for standing receptions for up to 125, or seated dinners for up to 80 guests. The Archivist’s Reception Room is furnished with elegant settees, antiques, and two grand chandeliers. Three large windows provide a... Read more

  • William G. McGowan Theater

    The 290-seat, state-of-the-art William G. McGowan Theater is outfitted with pan, tilt, and zoom cameras, studio recording capability, dressing and rehearsal rooms, and set storage. This impressive space is capable of hosting a wide range of programs, including panel discussions, film screenings, and theatrical performances.... Read more

  • Presidential Conference Center

    Named after four of our Founding Fathers, the rooms of the Presidential Conference Center are elegantly adorned with facsimiles of records from the National Archives relating to each of their presidencies. Each space is equipped with built-in projectors and screens. They are also internet accessible, and can be set... Read more