Attention: Federal budget issues have significantly affected the National Archives Timed Visit Entry reservation system. The National Archives will no longer have extended evening hours for its museum affecting visitors with advanced reservations made through Recreation.gov. Exhibit spaces at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC will now be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., every day. Visitors who have made Timed Visit Entry reservations for 4:45 p.m. and later for the period of March 15 through Labor Day should reschedule immediately.
To reschedule: Contact Recreation.gov: tour groups should call Group Sales at 1-877-559-6777; individuals with reservations should call 1-877-444-6777.
If you cannot reschedule, the National Archives will honor your reservation on the same day with unscheduled entry between 10:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. Bring your reservation confirmation to the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue near 7th Street. To help speed your process through security, we recommend not bringing bags into the museum.
NATIONAL ARCHIVES, DC
National Archives and Records Administration
Overview:The National Archives Experience depicts our astounding national mosaic and tells the stories of the American journey to young and old, scholars and students, cynics and dreamers.
Home to the original Charters of Freedom, including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights, as well as the Public Vaults and O`Brien galleries, Boeing Learning Center and William G. McGowan Theater, the National Archives Experience is a must-see for anyone visiting the nation`s capital.
The museum is situated in the heart of the National Mall in downtown Washington, D.C., surrounded by dozens of memorials, museums and historic areas. The Washington Monument, White House and Capitol Building are just a few of the breathtaking structures that surround the museum.
Reservations are not required for entrance to the National Archives Experience, and visitors may wait in the general public line any time the museum is open. However, advance reservations are highly recommended and will allow visitors to avoid the exterior portion of the line, especially during heavy tourist season.
Reserved guided tours are available once daily, Monday through Friday starting at 9:45 am. Timed entries are also available seven days a week starting at 10:15 am. The last entry is 90 minutes before the museum closes.
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Know Before You Go:Reservations are not required for entrance to the National Archives Experience, and visitors may wait in the general public line any time the museum is open. However, advance reservations are highly recommended and will allow visitors to avoid the exterior portion of the line, especially during the heavy tourist season.
Getting There:The entrance is located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Access is available via Metrorail's Yellow or Green lines to the Archives/Navy Memorial station. No parking is available on-site. Limited metered parking is available on Constitution Avenue and in surrounding public parking garages. Ticket holders enter through the Special Events door at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street.