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National Archives and Records Administration

Federal Triangle, Washington
  • Dwayne K.
    "original Declaration of Independence!"(27 Tips)
    Stephanie R.
    "Amazing to be able to view such significant documents."(13 Tips)
    Kathleen W.
    "The line for the Rotunda can be daunting, but it goes fast!"(12 Tips)
    Christopher P.
    "The only thing good here is the constitution and declaration room."(3 Tips)
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  • Amy C.
    Amy Cummings3 days ago
    The line moves fast!
  • Dave L.
    Dave Lepkowski1 week ago
    The display are very good
  • Amy C.
    Amy Cummings1 week ago
    The line moves quickly! Head straight for the rotunda for the 3 charters of freedom: Declaration of Independence, Constitution, & Bill of Rights.
  • Dewana M.
    Dewana Mana3 weeks ago
    The original Constitution, Bill of Rights & Declaration of Independence are on display here.
  • Maya M.
    Find Terry (a security guard) and strike up a conversation. He's got a lot of interesting info and if he can get away he may even take you on a personal tour of his favorite spots.
  • Bernd S.
    Free access to American History, don't miss to visit when in D.C.
  • Sandro D.
    A must see. Go to "la rotonda" to see the constitution
  • Viaggiatrice
    ViaggiatriceFebruary 5
    I'd somehow never been here before. Excellent exhibits, and worth the short detour from the Mall.
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LuddyJanuary 11
    Lots of info on the creation of the founding documents that I hadn't heard before! Try it just an hour or so before closing to avoid crowds.
  • Tom J.
    Tom JanssenJuly 29, 2016
    In the rotunda you can find the original declaration of independence, the bill of rights and the constitution of the United States of America. Very impressive, even for someone from abroad!
  • dickwyn
    dickwynJuly 21, 2016
    No photo taking allowed inside the building but it is still possible to use your phone
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGJuly 6, 2016
    Awesome place to witness pieces of American history.
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PopovJuly 6, 2016
    The only thing good here is the constitution and declaration room. All other exhibits are interactive and meant for small children.
  • 4sqSU USA
    4sqSU USAJuly 2, 2016
    Home of the Charters of Freedom: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and The Bill of Rights.
  • Joseph P.
    Joseph PomoneJuly 1, 2016
    get there early to see the Constitution and Declaration of Independence or wait forever.
  • Nancy B.
    Nancy BenedekApril 8, 2016
    See the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
  • Pui Hong A.
    Pui Hong AngApril 8, 2016
    Too crowded.
  • Kathleen C.
    Kathleen CorlessNovember 1, 2015
    Cool history, amazing to see our founding documents
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightNovember 1, 2015
    Beautiful architecture.
  • Nate M.
    Nate MillsOctober 17, 2015
    Great seeing Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights!
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RichterSeptember 21, 2015
    Amazing to be able to view such significant documents. Once you are in the gallery, skip around - you don't have to stay in line
  • James C.
    James CSeptember 7, 2015
    Absolutely amazing. It is a must see by all. The Rotunda is a must see with all of the documents.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HavasySeptember 2, 2015
    Prepare for the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights to be really faded.
  • DM
    DMJuly 25, 2015
    It's really dark here. Hard to see Declaration of Independence
  • John H.
    John HankusJuly 16, 2015
    Sometimes there are really long lines to see the declaration of independence. Go early or before closing. Everyone overlooks the Magna Carta on the 2nd floor. Way older and less crowds around it.
  • Melinda J.
    Melinda JacksonJuly 14, 2015
    I love this museum but it was a 45 min wait every time we went by on 4th of July weekend.
  • Brett G.
    Brett GarwoodJuly 11, 2015
    One of my favorite stops when visiting DC. Original signed drafts of the constitution and declaration of independence.
  • Dmtr
    DmtrJuly 2, 2015
    Definitely check the temporary exhibit in the ground floor before going to see the big three.
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinJune 27, 2015
    The 2nd floor has more than just the big 3- declaration, constitution, bill of rights. Check out the other exhibits. And come on a weekday early to avoid the long lines
  • Mike D.
    Mike DavisJune 23, 2015
    The Magna Carta was on display for the anniversary.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DavisJune 23, 2015
    The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights in one room. The line moves fast.
  • Sam E.
    Sam EppsMay 30, 2015
    Everything! Especially the military jacket of Eisenhower and the pens of the presidents during the civil rights era!
  • Miguel d.
    Miguel de LeonMay 19, 2015
    Watch out for Nicolas Cage
  • loran j.
    loran jonakMay 16, 2015
    Don't forget this when you are in DC. The Declaration of Independence is here along with the Magna Carta.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SmithMay 13, 2015
    Very cool to see the constitution. Nothing worth checking out beyond that unless you have lots of time.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicApril 19, 2015
    In the big mural in the dome look for the hidden president: the cloud over Jefferson's head is a profile of Lincoln.
  • Rachel
    RachelApril 14, 2015
    Be sure to check out the Bill of Rights, Constitution, and Declaration of Independence! Great architecture too!
  • Jacob F.
    Jacob ForsterMarch 31, 2015
    The line moves really quickly! We got through it in about 15 minutes! Not worth the $1 line skip this time of year.
  • Nick M.
    Nick MontaltoMarch 1, 2015
    If you haven't seen the declaration or constitution, come check it out. Dont leave with out seeing the magna carta
  • Karl W.
    Karl WarrenJanuary 21, 2015
    The home of the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence
  • Leo D. P.
    Leo D. PenroseJanuary 17, 2015
    United States Constitution
  • Chris R.
    Chris RichardsDecember 20, 2014
    A truly underwhelming experience
  • Gilles B.
    Gilles BoeykensDecember 13, 2014
    Originals documents are here, right in front of you! So much history, you can feel it!
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 12, 2014
    This is capacity controlled. Get reservations and arrive before 9:30am or you'll be spending a lot of your time waiting in the line.
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CAugust 11, 2014
    Make reservations online before to avoid the crazy general admission line.
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    Gotta see the Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carta
  • Dmytro S.
    Dmytro SeredenkoAugust 9, 2014
    There is no queue to see the Declaration, but people still line up. Skip the line.
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    A place to mark off the todo list
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LongAugust 9, 2014
    See the founding documents: Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights in the rotunda.
  • Steven H.
    Steven HughesJune 27, 2014
    Entrance and line is on the left if the stairs. If you can reserve tickets for timed visits ahead for $1.50 each.
  • Affinia Hotel Collection
    Also known as “Archives 1,” the National Archives Building houses textual and microfilm records relating to Congress, maritime manner, genealogy, and the District of Columbia itself!
  • Kendal A.
    Kendal AnnApril 17, 2014
    Be prepared to wait in line for at least an hour and a half
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BaconMarch 24, 2014
    No photography at all. A lot to see and you will have to wait in line to get in. No admission price but very crowded
  • Shane A.
    Shane AdamsMarch 19, 2014
    The line to get in sucks.
  • Tim P.
    Tim PateJanuary 13, 2014
    Of course! Just steal it in the Restoration Room!
  • Sam H.
    Sam HDecember 28, 2013
    At the research archives make sure you bring ID. They don't let you in without one
  • Brian E.
    Brian EibertNovember 29, 2013
    If you are going to do research here, get your plan straight before you arrive. Going in without a plan wastes your precious time.
  • Dawn M.
    Dawn McGreeveyOctober 19, 2013
    Pay $1 online in advance and skip to the head of the line.
  • Tyler
    TylerSeptember 23, 2013
    Seeing the foundation for our country leaves you speechless.
  • Vickie M.
    Vickie MillerAugust 2, 2013
    Glad I got there when it opened!! Really long line now
  • Ines F.
    Ines FernandesJuly 31, 2013
    No photography once you're inside. Just memories.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MorfordJuly 28, 2013
    What's the point of a 10:00 am timed ticket if they let people from the general entry line in firsr?
  • E C.
    E ChenJuly 28, 2013
    No photography!
  • Julia P.
    Julia PileJuly 27, 2013
    Doesn't seem like the inside line moves but that us because the let you into the documents in batches.
  • Julia P.
    Julia PileJuly 27, 2013
    Call 202-357-6829 while in line to listen to information about The National Archives. Kept the kids' attention, helped pass the time in line & they learned something.
  • Taylor N.
    Taylor NessJuly 25, 2013
    Line gets super long on busy days! Highly recommend getting a reservation for a timed visit.
  • Johanan O.
    Johanan OttensooserJuly 24, 2013
    The documerica exhibit is amazing!
  • greenie m.
    greenie mcgeeJuly 23, 2013
    The entrance for the exhibits is on Constitution Avenue.
  • Hayley G.
    Hayley GreenhouseJuly 15, 2013
    Go on a Sunday! Parking regulations aren't enforced so you can park right in front for free. Get early so waiting in line isn't unbearable [but you will have to wait in a line two times]
  • Frank
    FrankJuly 13, 2013
    What can you say. A must stop for every American. To see the founding documents of this nation , truly magical.
  • Heather L.
    Heather LeBlancJuly 12, 2013
    No pictures :(
  • Kenny B.
    Kenny ButrymJuly 5, 2013
    Active duty don't have to wait in line use the reserved entrance with your ID!
  • Eric R.
    Eric RzeszutJune 25, 2013
    Get a timed tour reservation (via their website) to avoid long lines. Also, don't show up early for your reservation -- you'll just wait outside.
  • US National Archives
    As the Fourth of July quickly approaches, check out this fun cartoon from 1905 by Clifford Berryman warning readers of the potential dangers of those fireworks! Read more
  • Michael L.
    Michael LaGraveJune 20, 2013
    Make sure to get there early to beat the crowds. So glad I got to go though, seeing the early documents of the U.S. is something I won't soon forget!
  • Tony T.
    Tony TruppaJune 9, 2013
    Long life but worth it
  • Wendy
    WendyMay 28, 2013
    Main enterance is on Constitution Ave (9th St side)
  • Leslie C.
    Leslie CarboneMay 8, 2013
    Every American who can should see the original Declaration of Independence at least once!
  • Scott H.
    Scott HarrisApril 25, 2013
    Something to check out. Free to join. This video explains it... If interested, ask me for a free access code.
  • 🍺Rich H.
    🍺Rich HermesApril 15, 2013
    Go online and buy a timed entry ticket (kinda like a fast pass at Disney). It's only $1.50 and you avoid a very long line.
  • Dwayne K.
    Dwayne KilbourneApril 15, 2013
    If you are nearby, stop in and be amazed by the original Declaration of Independence! Very cool and inspirational!
  • Todd M.
    Todd MillerApril 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Plan ahead and pay for scheduled entry, only a $1.50 per person, to avoid waiting in line. Wait times can be over 2 hrs.
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy ChuApril 1, 2013
    Make a reservation beforehand and avoid waiting hours in line
  • Chad M.
    Chad MurrayJanuary 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This building has very sexy corinthian columns! Can you name the other two types of columns?
  • Sean M.
    Sean McGrathJanuary 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't be fooled, the Great Seal of America is not an actual seal. Still cool, though, I guess...
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BumgarnerDecember 29, 2012
    Military? Take your ID to the exit you don't have to wait in line to get in :-)
  • Jackie D.
    Jackie DOctober 18, 2012
    The Cuban Missile Crisis exhibit is fantastic. Must see for any 20th century history buff.
  • Ian E.
    Ian EverhartAugust 21, 2012
    Check out the interior doors of the elevator engraved with the Declaration of Independence!
  • Tim H.
    Tim HurstJuly 14, 2012
    theres a map on the back of the declaration of independence
  • US National Archives
    Take a look at Seventh Archivist of the United States Don Wilson listening to an historic reenactor perform during the Independence Day celebration at the National Archives in 1988. Read more
  • Maggie W.
    Maggie WalshJuly 4, 2012
    So long. So hot. Save me!
  • US National Archives
    On Independence Day 1992, the Fife and Drum Corps stand ready during the celebration at the National Archives and Records Administration. Read more
  • Ben
    BenJune 19, 2012
    Come just 15 to 30 minutes before it closes to avoid lines to the rotunda.
  • Maddie P.
    Maddie PApril 30, 2012
    The lines look bad but move quickly!
  • Michael A.
    Michael AllettoApril 29, 2012
    Pushy security people. Geez lighten up.
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakApril 20, 2012
    Home of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Now that's just flat out Kewl!
  • NBC Politics
    NBC PoliticsApril 10, 2012
    This venue holds original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Get your wonk on at
  • Julio M.
    Julio MApril 8, 2012
    Biggest doors for biggest documents
  • Rick C.
    Rick ChadwickApril 2, 2012
    The sunglasses are practically free!
  • Alfie P.
    Alfie PaulMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Be kind to archivists.
  • Iscah L.
    Iscah LeeNovember 6, 2011
    The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are in the rotunda. The other exhibits can be skipped if you're pressed for time and want to go elsewhere along the Mall.
  • Nat B.
    Nat BurgwynOctober 5, 2011
    Try the Rotunda
  • Jared S.
    Jared SakOctober 5, 2011
    Head to the rotunda first. There is no need to stand in line but people do anyway.
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathSeptember 27, 2011
    Go See the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence!
  • The Transit Navigator
    The Transit NavigatorSeptember 25, 2011
    The line gets long, so get here early. After you've seen the big 3 (Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights), look at the interactive exhibits that show some of the other records available!
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BenningSeptember 19, 2011
    Cool History!
  • Cotra G.
    Cotra GateSeptember 19, 2011
  • Roger B.
    Roger BallardSeptember 17, 2011
    FYI- there is a "no line" policy to see the 3 main documents that makes it difficult to see the documents - the bill of rights is so faded it is illegible
  • Brian B.
    Brian BrandlerAugust 22, 2011
    Enjoyed seeing what the Presidents liked to eat in the White House.
  • Kathleen W.
    Kathleen WalpoleAugust 20, 2011
    The line for the Rotunda can be daunting, but it goes fast!
  • Richard C.
    Richard C.August 12, 2011
    Make a reservation!!! That line looks short but takes forever.
  • Christina
    ChristinaAugust 1, 2011
    The rotunda does not follow a line system...if you're in a time crunch, hit the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights...the rest are copies.
  • Kris A.
    Kris AnkarloJuly 19, 2011
    If you show up midday summer, bring an umbrella and a popsicle
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoldmanJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Catch one of their free afternoon programs. They get in some big names on some very interesting and controversial subjects.
  • Carlo M.
    Carlo MJune 25, 2011
    Just like Nicolas Cage, photography is banned here too.
  • Thomas K.
    Thomas KrederMay 26, 2011
    No photography is alloud inside. But hey... you can take a look on the Declaration of Independence!
  • Alessandro B.
    Alessandro BarchiMay 12, 2011
    Part of national treasure was filmed here.
  • Grayson B.
    Grayson BurgerApril 28, 2011
    There is a long line to get in, but it thankfully moves quick. It can get hot though, so prepare for that!
  • Robby K.
    Robby KwongApril 19, 2011
    At the end of the Constitution where all the signatures are, "Pennsylvania" is spelled wrong.
  • US National Archives
    US National ArchivesApril 15, 2011
    The 7th Annual Genealogy Fair will be here April 20-21 (Pennsylvania Ave entrance). Be sure to check in and stop by the Social Media table inside for some great giveaways! Read more
  • WorldStrides
    WorldStridesApril 8, 2011
    Cool fact: The Archives’ collection includes three billion pages of text, six million still photos, 91 million feet of motion picture film, 70,000 sound recordings, and nine million aerial photos.
  • Nathan
    NathanMarch 24, 2011
    Photos no longer allowed, even without flash. So I've added one for you!
  • US National Archives
    US National ArchivesMarch 14, 2011
    Are the records you're looking for at Archives II in College Park? No problem! Catch the free NARA shuttle between DC and College Park weekdays between 8 am and 5 pm.
  • Chas L.
    Chas LumMarch 13, 2011
    Make sure to check out the image of Lincoln lying down in the clouds on the painting to the left of the Constitution!
  • US National Archives
    US National ArchivesFebruary 25, 2011
    At the top of the stairs on the Constitution Ave side of the building are 39-foot-tall bronze doors. At the time they were installed, the bronze doors were said to be the largest in the world.
  • US National Archives
    US National ArchivesJanuary 28, 2011
    There are 13 medallions around the upper portion of the building that represent the nation, House of Representatives, Senate, and the 10 executive departments at the time the building was built.
  • Dic E.
    Dic EnurmoufJanuary 22, 2011
    There is a station around here, just walk towards the water
  • Jason H.
    Jason HullJanuary 16, 2011
    Don't miss the Magna Carta near the Rotunda
  • Justin T.
    Justin TranNovember 19, 2010
    Notice the handprints on the bottom-left corner of the Declaration of Independence.
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANNovember 9, 2010
    Check out this video of the National Archives Recovery Team as they worked to enlist the help of dealers and collectors in locating historical documents that are missing from the National Archives. Read more
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANOctober 21, 2010
    Watch this video about the recently displayed Nuremburg Laws. Read more
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANAugust 24, 2010
    Architect John Russell Pope’s masterpiece. The doors on the National Archives building are the largest bronze doors in the world. Check out this video for more info. Read more
  • Errol A. A.
    The Rotunda was the most magnificent thus far....
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BoismierJune 23, 2010
    No pictures, no video, just your memory!
  • Meredith S.
    Meredith StewartApril 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Come check out the Genealogy Fair today from 9-4:30 on the Pennsylvania Ave. side of the building. Great resources, lectures, and info. #NARAfair Read more
    HISTORYMarch 31, 2010
    Congress established the National Archives Establishment in 1934 to centralize federal record keeping & holds Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights & a copy of the 1297 Magna Carta
  • Chris N.
    Chris NicholsJanuary 25, 2010
    Check out the Public Vault. Very interesting!
  • Tushar K.
    Tushar KhandelwalMarch 22, 2009
    Viewed the Charters of Freedom (Declaration, Constitution, Bill of Rights)... The originals are there, and it is amazing to view them!
  • Marcio N.
    Local histórico onde se encontram uma cópia da Carta Magna, a declaração da independência americana e a Constituição do País. Vale a pena a visita.
  • Rodrigo Alberto P.
    Rodrigo Alberto PerezDecember 1, 2015
    Un indispensable. Una de las cosas que hacen verdaderamente "especiales" a los gringos es su fundación política. Este edificio además de su función real es también un monumento.
  • Juan Pablo C.
    Juan Pablo CastroSeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Aquí está la constitución de los Estados Unidos
  • Alberto P.
    Alberto PrechtSeptember 10, 2014
    Junto con el de Bogotá uno de los mejores archivos de América. Realmente imperdible
  • Asahito K.
    Asahito KanekoSeptember 12, 2013
  • Alexey K.
    Alexey KamenevMay 12, 2013
    Вай-фай ловится на ступеньках. Можно не заходить.
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