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National Archives Museum
National Archives Museum

National Archives Museum

Free admission
700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC, 20408

The Basics

Discover many of the country’s most treasured documents at the National Archives Museum, and learn more about America’s history. Explore interactive exhibitions at the Public Vaults and get hands-on with history at the family-focused Boeing Learning Center, packed with creative activities. Head to the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom to see the country’s founding documents (accompanied by the vibrant Faulkner Murals), and visit the Record of Rights Gallery to view a copy of the Magna Carta.

In addition to its permanent collection, the National Archives Museum also showcases temporary exhibitions, so it’s worth checking the online calendar when planning a visit.

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Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
$99.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Very informative and enjoyable
I forgot who our tour was but he was very informative. Nancy and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour. We would strongly endorse this tour.
William_P, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

star-5
Nice and clean bus. You...
Victoria_S, Nov 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Nice and clean bus. You can charge your phone in the bus. Our tour guide Christopher was amazing, very knowledgeable, friendly, and funny! He was the best tour guide ever!
star-5
Washington DC guided tour
Sonny_F, Oct 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
That I have given opportunity to witness the one of the most important historical monuments and structures of America in 7 hours guided tour while relaxing with the clean environment of the place.
star-5
Excellent tour!
Janet_P, Sep 2021
Private Guided Tour in National Archives Building
Jennifer was wonderful! She brought a new prospective to the experience that we would never have expected. She felt more like a friend than a tour guide. We learned more history behind the documents than we thought we would. Due to the circumstances of COVID we were unable to see everything that is usually available, be she made us feel like we didn’t miss a thing. We highly recommend the private tour.
star-5
Worth it
Ellen_R, Sep 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Christopher was great! Worth the money to see a lot in one day. Lunch was great and the bus was clean and comfortable.
star-4
Tour ran smoothly
Lynn_W, Aug 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
The tour guide did a good job, and the tour ran smoothly except for a long delay waiting for our boxed lunches. The bus was clean and air-conditioned. We saw a lot, but it was very disappointing that we were unable to go into the Capitol Building (although not the tour company’s fault). Thank you.
star-5
Gramma Goes to Washington!
MariLynn_H, Nov 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Gramma traveling with a ten year old…… accessing tours helped us cover a lot of ground in a little time! Our guides were extraordinarily gifted knowledgeable people. Neither of us will ever forget this trip!!
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All u need to know the most places of interest in DC
belkis_g, Nov 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Guide was very funny which helps a lot. Liked the part that u get off the bus to certain sites and u don’t have to be sitting down the whole time. The tour is all u need to know all the sites of interest in WDC. Very pleased. Money well spent. Thank u.
star-5
Very informative
Jamie_B, Oct 2021
Private Guided Tour in National Archives Building
Brenda was an amazing tour guide. We learned so much. She was so knowledgeable and it was great learning all the intricacies of our history
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First DC Trip
Madrona_R, Nov 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
My husband and I came to celebrate our 35th anniversary and first time at Washington DC. The tour guide Nick made the experience wonderful! We seen many historical sites and learned many facts. Plus I am an history fan. Nick was professional, informative, funny, patience and pleasant! I recommend USA guided tours.
star-5
Excellent Tour!!!
Karla_H, Nov 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
The tour was awesome!!! Our tour guide, Josh was very knowledgeable and kept us interested with “side stories”. The tour was organized and enjoyable!!!
star-5
Great tour! Our guide was...
Carrie_M, Nov 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Great tour! Our guide was informative and funny. We saw most landmarks on our list. Definitely would do this again
star-5
Great tour
Mary_P, Nov 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Visiting the many memorials & seeing the White House & Capital was great. Plus Nick our tour guide was so funny & informative. Disappointed Capital was still closed.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entrance to the National Archives Museum is free.

  • To protect the fragile documents, no photography is allowed.

  • Guided tours are available once daily on weekdays, by reservation only.

  • The museum’s Charters Café serves snacks and lunch on weekdays, from midmorning to midafternoon.

  • Strollers and large bags are permitted in the museum but must be carried, as there is no coat-check facility.

  • The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, and a limited number of wheelchairs are available to rent.

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How to Get There

The museum is located on the National Mall in downtown Washington DC. If using public transportation, take the Green and Yellow Metro Lines to Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter Station, or take the Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines to Federal Triangle Station. The area also is served by numerous bus lines and can be reached on foot, by car, or by bike.

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When to Get There

The National Archives Museum is open daily, from midmorning to early evening. It is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The museum can be busy during peak tourist season (during the summer months and in advance of major holidays), so if you want to avoid the long lines, make an advanced reservation.

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Highlights of the National Mall

Given its location on the National Mall, the National Archives Museum is neighbors with many of the city’s most remarkable monuments and most-visited museums. The National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History are less than a block away, and the Hirshhorn Museum, National Air and Space Museum, Washington Monument, and US Capitol also are nearby.

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