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The National Archives - Washington, DC

The Constitution of the U.S., Declaration of Independence & The Bill of Rights


The National Archives - Washington, DC

The U.S. Constitution

Courtesy of the National Archives

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC is home to the historical legal papers that proclaimed America and all of her peoples "free". Visitors to the National Archives can see the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights as well as textual and microfilm records concerning:

  • Genealogy
  • American Indians
  • The District of Columbia
  • Federal courts from the District of Columbia
  • Congress
  • Maritime matters
  • Pre-World War I Army
  • Pre-World War II Navy

The National Archives Experience

The National Archives Building is located in downtown Washington, DC. Within its Rotunda, visitors will find the permanent exhibit of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. The Public Vaults displays over 1,000 fascinating records (originals or reproductions) from the National Archives holdings.

The William G. McGowan Theater with its 290 seats is part of the National Archives Experience. During the day, the McGowan Theater continuously shows a short film about the National Archives and twice daily shows a film about the Charters of Freedom. At night the McGowan Theater is a forum for documentary films, exploring the important issues of American history and other topics related to the National Archives' holdings and mission.

Museum Hours

  • Spring and Summer
    (March 15 - Labor Day)
    10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Fall and Winter
    (Day after Labor Day - March 14)
    10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing. Closed Thanksgiving Day & December 25

General Information

National Archives Experience
Constitution Ave. NW
between 7th & 9th St.
Washington, DC 20408

Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter

Admission: Free

Official Website:National Archives

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