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National Archives

Home of the Charters of Freedom: The Declaration of Independence, The United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The National Archives keeps more than eight billion pages of text, millions of photographs, and hundreds of thousands of reels of film. The Public Vaults, an interactive permanent exhibition, is a journey of discovery, inviting you behind the scenes into a virtual realm of the working archives - the stacks and vaults where the records of all three branches of government are kept. A trip through the Public Vaults will show you why records matter to you, your family, and your country. Don't miss the The Lawerence F. O'Brien Gallery, devoted to changing exhibitions, and The William G. McGowan Theater, which shows documentary films, lectures, and symposia.

Exhibit spaces at the National Archives Building in Washington DC will remain open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week, year round. Please note that the last admission will be at 5:00 p.m.


Calendar of Events
Mar 21 - Jan 5Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures
Apr 23The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur
Apr 24Jazz Diplomacy: Sending America’s Music to the World
Apr 25A Great Day in Harlem (Film)
May 1The President’s Own Marine Band Chamber Ensemble
May 9Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns – Episode One: Gumbo
May 12Nixon Legacy Forum: Nixon’s Transformation of the National Security Council
May 13The American Red Cross: From Clara Barton to the New Deal
May 14A Nation of Immigrants: How They Have Shaped America
May 14A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior
May 16Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns – Episode Two: The Gift
May 16Nixon Legacy Forum: Another Historic First: President Nixon and DC Home Rule
May 20 How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust
May 22The Keillor Reader: Stories, Essays, Poems, and Personal Reminiscences from the Sage of Lake Wobegon
May 22I Heard My Country Calling
May 23Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns – Episode Three: Our Language
May 28Freedom Summer
May 30From the Vaults: Jazz Diplomacy
Jun 13Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns – Episode Four: The True Welcome
Jun 20Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns – Episode Five: Swing: Pure Pleasure
Jun 27Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns – Episode Six: Swing: The Velocity of Celebration
Jul 10Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab Family Program
Jul 11Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns – Episode Seven: Dedicated to Chaos
Jul 18Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns – Episode Eight: Risk
Jul 18"Making Their Mark" Family Day
Jul 21 - Jul 25Genealogy Camp for Kids
Jul 23Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab Family Program
Jul 25Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns – Episode Nine: The Adventure
Jul 29Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab Family Program
Aug 1Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns – Episode Ten: A Masterpiece at Midnight
Dec 30"Making Their Mark" Family Day

Plan Your Visit

National Archives
Constitution Avenue, NW, between 7th and 9th Streets
Washington, DC 20408
202-357-5000 phone
301-837-0482 TTY

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