Archives in DC
While much of the museum remains closed, the National Archives is welcoming visitors! To provide the safest environment for our visitors, only the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom–featuring the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights– will be open, by timed reservation on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am– 2 pm, starting May 15. For more information on the building status, visit archives.gov.
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The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, located on the upper level of the National Archives museum, is the permanent home of the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and Bill of Rights.
The “Public Vaults” is a permanent exhibition in the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Here, you can experience the feeling of going beyond the walls of the Rotunda into the stacks and vaults of the National Archives.
“Records of Rights” in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery incorporates stories of many individuals, including African-Americans, women, and immigrants, whose struggle for rights in the decades following the Declaration of Independence is documented in records at the National Archives.
The National Archives Museum’s Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery is home to temporary exhibitions that draw from the billions of records in the National Archives’ holdings nationwide, allowing visitors to explore such topics as the government’s effect on food, photography from the 1970s, the Civil War, and the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The 290-seat William G. McGowan Theater is located on the lower level of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The theater hosts lectures, films, book talks, and more.
The Boeing Learning Center is located on the upper floor of the National Archives Museum. Inside, visitors can explore many family-friendly activities for all ages. In the activity space, there are hands-on projects, document facsimiles, and many online resources, as well as knowledgeable Archives staff and volunteers ready to answer any questions.
The National Archives Store on the entrance level of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, is operated by the National Archives Foundation. Purchases support National Archives exhibits, programs, and educational initiatives.