US National Archives

Local nameU.S. National Archives
LocationWashington D.C., United States

This small museum hides some of the greatest documents in human history or at least the history of the United States of America. It stores the original American Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights (one out of the four copies in existence) as well as one of four copies of the Magna Carta.

The National Archives Museum is conveniently placed in the center of the city, standing on a street fittingly called the Constitution Avenue. There is a bus stop and a subway stop close by. Besides seeing many important documents with your own eyes, you can also expect to find interactive displays enjoyable even for children here, as well as a large gift shop.

It gets very crowded here and long queues tend to form, especially in the peak tourist season, which lasts approximately from March till September, and during holidays. You can skip part of the waiting line outside the museum if you buy a reserved visit on the official website. Do not bother carrying a camera with you, taking pictures of the documents is forbidden since it could lead to their deterioration.

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Opening hours

Closed on Sundays and Federal Holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Rotunda and Exhibit Hall:
Daily: 10 am - 5:30 pm
(Last admission 30 min before closing.)


Free admission.

More information and contact


Official website




Phone +1 866 272 6272

Address 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408-0001, USA

Coordinates 38°53'34.18" N -77°1'22.63" E

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