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Spotlight: New Visitor Orientation Plaza and Records of Rights Exhibit at the National Archives

Spotlight: New Visitor Orientation Plaza and Records of Rights Exhibit at the National Archives

See our country's history first hand

National Archives The Visitor Orientation Center at the National Archives (NARA)

What You’ll Find

America’s founding documents—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights—are icons of human liberty. But the ideals enshrined in those documents did not initially apply to all Americans. They were, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” The Records of Rights exhibit allows visitors to explore how generations of Americans sought to fulfill this promise. The exhibition showcases original and facsimile National Archives documents and uses an innovative 17-foot touch screen interactive table to illustrate how Americans throughout history have debated issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights and equal opportunity.

Getting There

The National Archives is located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets and accessible by Metro at the National Archives/Navy Memorial station on the Yellow and Green Lines. Visit the National Archives website for directions and maps.

Stay Here

Since Washington is one of the top three tourism destinations in the U.S., you’ll find plenty of lodging options at Destination DC. For convenience, look for lodging near a Metro station.

Make Sure You

Visit the National Archives’ website for more information on other exhibits and free public programs.

Try This

Reserve a timed entry for your visit to the National Archives Museum!

Whether you prefer to see the museum on your own or join the one-hour docent-led guided tour (9:45 daily, Monday through Friday), an advance reservation costs just $1.50 per person and allows you to avoid the exterior portion of the general public line (which can be long during the busiest seasons).

The National Archives offers reservations as a convenient option; however visitors may join the general public line whenever the museum is open..

Don’t Forget

Did you miss one of the Archives’ fantastic programs? The National Archives Experience is proud to offer a selection of streaming video programs from our public program repertoire. Many of the programs are great supplements to lessons in the classroom or for homeschool students.