National Archives Building

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National Archives Building

District Of Columbia

(202) 357-5000

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The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, opened in 1935. The National Archives Experience is home of the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights which are housed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom; The Public Vaults permanent exhibit gallery; The Lawrence F. O'Brien temporary exhibit gallery; The Boeing Learning Center; and The William G. McGowan Theater. Admission is free, however, advanced reservations are recommended which may include an online processing fee. Rotunda and Exhibit Hall Hours: March 15 through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Day after Labor Day through March 14, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)

Map of Nat'l Archives Building

Latitude, Longitude: 38.892770, -77.023001



  • Historic Sites

    Established in 1934, NARA serves as the official repository for all federal records judged to be of enduring value. Its holdings date from the 18th century to the present and include the famous Charters of Freedom--the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. In the Public Vaults, the permanent exhibit in the National Archives Experience, you will encounter fascinating original records (including Abraham Lincoln's telegrams to his generals, audio recordings from the Oval Office) and new interactive exhibits that allow you to touch and explore some of the most interesting documents, photos and films in holding.



The National Archives Building is located between Seventh and Ninth Streets, NW, with entrances on Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues. The Rotunda entrance, which includes the Exhibit Hall, is on Constitution Avenue. The research entrance to the building is on Pennsylvania Avenue. No parking at the building is available for researchers. Several commercial parking lots are located nearby and metered curb parking may be available on nearby streets.


Distance from Local Airports:

From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): 4 miles

From Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD): 28 miles

From Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI): 32 miles

Public Transportation

Subway (Metro): In Washington, DC, take Metrorail's Yellow or Green lines to the Archives/Navy Memorial station. The Archives/Navy Memorial stop is across Pennsylvania Avenue from the archives building.

Bus: In Washington, DC, Metrobuses 30, 32, 34, 36, 53, A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, P4, P17, P19, and W13 stop at the National Archives on Pennsylvania Avenue.

For more specific information on routes, fares, and timetables for Metrobus and Metrorail, please see the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority or telephone Metro at 202-637-7000.

Phone Numbers


(202) 357-5000