The National Archives Museum

The National Archives Museum

The National Archives Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
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Address
Neighbourhood: Federal Triangle
How to get there
  • Archives • 3 min walk
  • Federal Triangle • 7 min walk
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  • Brian
    Lewisburg, Pennsylvania28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    We went at 4:30pm and there were not too many people there. The only downside is that some people stand in front of the documents for several minutes and you have to wait to get a glimpse. I wish the guards would usher people alone after a minute or two. Also, no photos! The number of people trying to sneak photos was ridiculous. The guards were constantly yelling at people to stop.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2023
  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, California565 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Charters of Freedom and more
    The National Archives Museum is most known for displaying the three Charters of Freedom. Even though much of the ink is faded (especially on the Declaration of Independence) it was awesome to see these immensely historical documents. There are also great exhibits about the role of the National Archives and sports in American life. It's important to know that there is no photography allowed in the entire museum. I visited on Independence Day in the late afternoon, and had no trouble getting in without a reservation. There weren't too many people inside, but it was a little crowded around the Charters in the Rotunda. This is really must-see if you're visiting DC!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Tracy H
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing History
    We did not have time to see too many museums, so this one was our choice. It did not disappoint! The artifacts were incredible. The guard staff helped visitors see and recognize the signatures on the historical documents which kept the flow of people moving. The gift shop staff were helpful without hesitation and made good suggestions. We were pleased with the whole experience and our choice to see the United States National Archives!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Steph S
    Bristol, United Kingdom93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s a National Treasure
    Paid a quick visit to the Archives museum a couple of hours before it closed and found this to be a great time as there was no queue and we walked straight in. There are a couple of cool exhibits but of course the main attraction is viewing the Declaration of Independence and making all the appropriate National Treasure jokes along the way. That aside it’s the Declaration and a crucial part of America’s history so I can highly recommend taking the time to see it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 October 2023
  • montanapescado
    Albuquerque, New Mexico1,363 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quality over Quantity
    The museum here is not extensive, but it really doesn't need to be. You come here for the biggies.... the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. A quick stop, but a real must for most American citizens. Be sure to see it once in your lifetime, but you probably won't need to go back.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 November 2023
  • Seamus
    Oakville, Canada1,549 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Capital Gem
    One thing Americans get right is memorials and museums, and this attraction is right as rain. Not a large museum its significance, however, is unparalleled by any in the land. You know why you came: the only originals of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, working copies of the Bill of Rights, written amendments to all of these documents that form the USA’s foundation. Hugely impressive to us Canadians, this has to be instructive for all Americans. A special bonus for lawyers, as well, is the Rubinstein Gallery of Rights, featuring one of only 4 extant copies of the Magna Carta, the 13th century document establishing the rule of law. The interactive display beside is very instructive as well. And BTW, the cafeteria here is better than the one in the Natural History Museum. No advance tickets needed.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 December 2023
  • Bea
    957 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Home to the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights
    The National Archives museum is a must museum when you are in Washington D.C. It is home to the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. You can see these three important documents in Rotunda. We had to book a time slot ticket in advance. And you are not allowed to take photos inside.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 December 2023
  • Car7177
    47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go!
    Even though the museum is under renovation this is a must see. The Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, & The Bill of Rights! So powerful to see them in person. Make sure to make a free reservation online prior to going—then you hardly have to wait & can get right in!!!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 March 2024
  • Cassie S
    34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    This is amazing. But there are pros and cons. Pros: •Has the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the deed to the staute of liberty. •It's great. •It's free. Cons: •It's tiny, only has 2 open exhibits, (The rights exhibit and the Declaration of independence exhibit) •It under construction (2 exhibits are closed) •Seeing the Declaration of independence is like a buffet line.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 March 2024
  • Kate S
    173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Impromptu Visit
    We had some extra time in between activities and decided to go to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights in person. The line wasn't very long and we were able to see everything within an hour. We did not see the rest of the Archives, though. Just those documents. The documents are cool to see, but very old and hard to even read because the ink is fading. Still cool to see in person, though!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 May 2024
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Scott B
200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This is one of my favorite Smithsonian museums to go to in DC. The national archives is not often that crowded, and you can see the constitution, the declaration, and the Bill of Rights in the main rotunda. The other exhibits aren’t as good, but a half an hour at the national archives is always enough to be inspired by our founding documents.
Written 7 May 2024
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Kate S
173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We had some extra time in between activities and decided to go to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights in person. The line wasn't very long and we were able to see everything within an hour. We did not see the rest of the Archives, though. Just those documents. The documents are cool to see, but very old and hard to even read because the ink is fading. Still cool to see in person, though!
Written 3 May 2024
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Cassie S
34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is amazing. But there are pros and cons.

Pros:
•Has the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the deed to the staute of liberty.
•It's great.
•It's free.

Cons:
•It's tiny, only has 2 open exhibits, (The rights exhibit and the Declaration of independence exhibit)
•It under construction (2 exhibits are closed)
•Seeing the Declaration of independence is like a buffet line.
Written 9 March 2024
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Car7177
Milwaukee47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Even though the museum is under renovation this is a must see. The Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, & The Bill of Rights! So powerful to see them in person. Make sure to make a free reservation online prior to going—then you hardly have to wait & can get right in!!!
Written 1 March 2024
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Bea
957 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The National Archives museum is a must museum when you are in Washington D.C.
It is home to the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. You can see these three important documents in Rotunda.
We had to book a time slot ticket in advance. And you are not allowed to take photos inside.
Written 20 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Seamus
Oakville, Canada1,549 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
One thing Americans get right is memorials and museums, and this attraction is right as rain. Not a large museum its significance, however, is unparalleled by any in the land. You know why you came: the only originals of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, working copies of the Bill of Rights, written amendments to all of these documents that form the USA’s foundation. Hugely impressive to us Canadians, this has to be instructive for all Americans. A special bonus for lawyers, as well, is the Rubinstein Gallery of Rights, featuring one of only 4 extant copies of the Magna Carta, the 13th century document establishing the rule of law. The interactive display beside is very instructive as well. And BTW, the cafeteria here is better than the one in the Natural History Museum. No advance tickets needed.
Written 11 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM1,363 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
The museum here is not extensive, but it really doesn't need to be. You come here for the biggies.... the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. A quick stop, but a real must for most American citizens. Be sure to see it once in your lifetime, but you probably won't need to go back.
Written 18 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Craig G
Maumee, OH624 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I visited the Archives to do family research. I did not go to the museum. The staff were effusively helpful. You do have to prepare for your visit. You need to go online and make a reservation. There are a few administrative tasks to do before you go. They are outlined on their website. I found a lot of great information using the military pension files and other data. I'll be back!
Written 22 October 2023
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Steph S
Bristol, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Paid a quick visit to the Archives museum a couple of hours before it closed and found this to be a great time as there was no queue and we walked straight in. There are a couple of cool exhibits but of course the main attraction is viewing the Declaration of Independence and making all the appropriate National Treasure jokes along the way. That aside it’s the Declaration and a crucial part of America’s history so I can highly recommend taking the time to see it.
Written 9 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Freedom37641188431
Long Beach, CA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023
If you are visiting Ford's Theatre, be sure to stop by the Archives on your way back. No reservation is needed (at least during the off season). It's a quick visit to see our 3 founding documents - Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. The Magna Carta was also on display. They have a great gift shop as well.
Written 4 October 2023
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