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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
Jul 21 - Jul 25Genealogy Camp for Kids
Jul 23Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab Family Program
Jul 23Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
Jul 23Let There Be Light (Film)
Jul 25Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns – Episode Nine: The Adventure
Jul 29Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab Family Program
Jul 29Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Film)
Aug 1Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns – Episode Ten: A Masterpiece at Midnight
Aug 2 Archives Sleepover: History, Heroes, and Treasures
Aug 8The Nixon Tapes
Aug 13Handwriting Analysis Workshop
Aug 14Pina (Film)
Aug 26Women’s History on the Horizon: the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in 2020
Aug 28Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil LeClercq (Film)
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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