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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
Oct 23Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion
Oct 23The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps
Oct 27Codebreaker (Film Screening)
Oct 28 - Oct 30Virtual Genealogy Fair
Oct 30Founder’s Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln
Nov 4Rebel (Film Screening)
Nov 5Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
Nov 5Making Their Mark Adult Education Workshop Series: Meet the Pen Doctor
Nov 5Let There Be Light (Film Screening)
Nov 6Election Results and Ramifications
Nov 12Heir to an Execution (Film Screening)
Nov 12Nixon Legacy Forum: The Opening of China
Nov 13War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love
Nov 13McGowan Forum on Communications: White House Press Secretaries
Nov 14The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO
Nov 14Facilitated Interactive Table for Teens
Nov 20Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indians
Dec 3Making Their Mark Adult Education Workshop Series: Calligraphy Basics
Dec 4A Christmas Far from Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival during the Korean War
Dec 5Nixon Legacy Forum: Vietnam and the Paris Peace Accords
Dec 16 The Battle of the Bulge (Film Screening)
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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