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National Archives Museum Tours

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National Archives Museum
Home to the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, the National Archives Museum displays many of America’s most pivotal founding documents. Housed in a Greek revival building on the National Mall in Washington DC, the landmark invites visitors to see the priceless works, engage with interactive exhibits, and more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20408, USA
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Private Guided Tour: National Archives BuildingCity Packages

Private Guided Tour: National Archives Building

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Explore the works preserved in the National Archives on a private tour. Learn the history and significance of original documents like the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights and The Federalist papers, and see hand written letters from George Washington and John F Kennedy. This private tour can be customized to suit your interests and goes beyond the normal tourist sights to dig deeper into US History.
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Best of DC Tour -With Access to US Capitol & National Archives BuildingsFull-day Tours

Best of DC Tour -With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings

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Beat the long entrance lines and experience some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC like an insider on this full-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy priority entry into the United States Capitol, the home of Congress. Then visit the National Archives Building, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display. In between, see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more.
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Skip-the-line National Archives Building Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxCity Packages

Skip-the-line National Archives Building Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Make the most of your National Archives visit on a small-group tour that highlights both famous documents and smaller gems often missed by visitors. Going with a guide is recommended, as you’ll learn historical facts and hear anecdotes you won’t find on plaques or in guidebooks. A small group size of eight or fewer ensures ample time for questions and a personalized experience.
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Private Guided Tour: DC National Archives Building & Capitol HillCity Packages

Private Guided Tour: DC National Archives Building & Capitol Hill

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Learn about America’s history on a half-day private tour of the National Archives and Capitol Hill. Peruse the Archives and get a closer look at some of the nation’s most important original documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Then stroll through the Capitol Hill area and listen to your guide recount the history of D.C., from a swamp to the capital of the United States of America.
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi UpgradeCity Packages

Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi Upgrade

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Take a hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital at your own pace. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). This is the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). Just hop off at any stop when you want to explore, and then hop back on the trolley to continue around the city. When booking, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, depending upon your interests.
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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Get a panoramic look at Washington DC on this sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to the United States capital and its historical and cultural landmarks. Listen to live narration as you see dozens of attractions, such as Lincoln Memorial, the exterior of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian buildings.
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Small Group Twilight Tour of Washington DC

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Washington DC’s monuments and landmarks light up after dark, perfect for dramatic views and memorable photos of the capital city. Explore the sights from the National Mall to the White House and key memorials as your guide provides informative narration about each site. Hop off at select sights to get an up-close look with your small-group and guide. This tour includes transport between locations.
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  • 3 hours
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Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-UpHalf-day Tours

Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

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See Washington, DC’s best sites light up after dark on a 3-hour, nighttime tour of the National Mall and monuments. Listen to an entertaining narrated history of the capital city, then stop to explore the most important destinations, from moving tributes to America's 20th-century wars to inspiring presidential landmarks. Take in the White House and the U.S. Capitol building at their most picturesque and get the perfect orientation and overview of Washington, DC.
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

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Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight TourCity Packages

Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

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Explore the best of Washington, DC on this narrated, hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest among DC’s top attractions—like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, to name just a few. Depending upon your interest, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, then board at any of the stops and get to know the nation’s capital in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. A guided moonlight trolley tour to the same landmark locations, illuminated for the evening, is also included.
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Washington DC Legend Daytime Comprehensive TourDay Trips

Washington DC Legend Daytime Comprehensive Tour

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Explore the most famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this comprehensive, guided, full-day sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a mini bus with a small group and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the US capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, Arlington Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many other landmark locations. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

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Tour of the Capitol Building and the National Archives Bus Tours

Tour of the Capitol Building and the National Archives

Efficient and affordable private custom tours. High end luxury service includes a professional tour guide, professional driver and a luxury vehicle.
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Skip-the-Line National Archives & Capitol Hill Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxCity Packages

Skip-the-Line National Archives & Capitol Hill Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Immerse yourself in United States history with a visit to the National Archives and a walking tour of Capitol Hill. Explore with a small group (max 8 people) and a guide. See the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers, and personal letters written by George Washington and John F Kennedy. Then embark on guided tour of Capitol Hill taking you past the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court. This tour goes beyond the tourist sights and offers visitors in depth context and history.
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We The People Specialty Tour (4 Hour) Option 1

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The We The People Tour is an enlightening and compelling tour of the history, culture, legacy of the foundation of America’s liberty, and the Constitution. Our licensed, professional guides will help you discover the principles of liberty which were written into our nation’s founding documents and that are the basis for how it still operates today. If desired to do a private tour, customization of tour is optional for our guests at an additional cost.
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Guided DC City Bus Tour W/ Potomac River Cruise & Washington Monument Admission

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Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab TourCity Packages

Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab Tour

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Explore Washington DC's must-see sights on a fun pedicab ride. Your informative guide will pedal you past some of the capital city's must-see sights. See the U.S. Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument at the National Mall. Pass by the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Chinatown, the National Archives Building and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Play some trivia games with your guide and small group of fellow travelers for the chance to win a prize.
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In God We Trust TourHalf-day Tours

In God We Trust Tour

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Private Guided Tour of Washington DC

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Monumental Electric Bike Tour

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Washington DC’s historic center spans a large area and can be difficult to see on foot. This electric bike tour allows you to cover more ground and cycle past highlights such as the Smithsonian museums, the Capitol Building, the White House, and Tidal Basin. With a motor to assist as you pedal, you’re free to concentrate on the city’s notable sights and listen as your guide points out hidden treasures you might not notice on your own.
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Washington DC After DarkHalf-day Tours

Washington DC After Dark

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There's a certain magic to Washington DC that can only be experienced at night. It's a time when the powerful Lincoln Memorial is bathed in soft white light, and the Washington Monument, Capitol, and White House appear even more grandiose. Along with a knowledgeable local guide, take a tour of Washington DC well after the sun has gone down, and feel the buzz, magic, and pulse of America's capital by night.
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Washington DC Museums - National Mall East Tourist Scavenger HuntHalf-day Tours

Washington DC Museums - National Mall East Tourist Scavenger Hunt

This Tourist Scavenger Hunt takes you through the Eastern part of the National Mall where Washington's Museums are located. There are a few side trips to see various interesting things you're expecting to see, and other things you didn't know where there. It takes 2-3 hours to complete, do it whenever you wish - you select your own date and start time, no scheduling or reservation needed. 20+ challenges, games and enigmas to solve as you walk through this historic neighborhood.
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Extended Monuments & Memorials TourHalf-day Tours

Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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