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National Archives - Washington DC

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National Archives Museum

Constitution Ave between 7th and 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20408

Hours: Daily, 10AM-5:30PM

Research Center

700 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20408

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM

Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Station is the closest station to the National Archives. The station is on the Green and Yellow Lines of the Metro System. Although the National Archives Museum and the Research Center have different addresses, both are located in the same building. Use the map below to find suggested routes to the National Archives.

National Archives - Washington DC

From Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Station
Approximately 0.1 mile, 2 min walk
Museum Head west on Indiana Ave NW toward 7th St NW.
Museum Turn left onto 7th St NW.
Museum Turn right onto Pennsylvania Ave NW.

Ground Level

The Orientation Plaza is a gathering place featuring a video orientation wall, touch screen mapping stations, and a short video introduction to the National Archives.

The David M. Rubenstein Gallery houses "Records of Rights," a permanent exhibition that explores Americans' debates about the rights and freedoms embodied in our nation's founding documents. Featuring an original 1297 Magna Carta, a document that inspired the Founding Fathers, the exhibition traces the evolution of constitutional rights in the United States.

The Myarchives Store offers an array of quality gifts and publications based on the holdings of the National Archives.

Upper Level

The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom is a semicircular room designed specifically for the permanent public display of the Charters of Freedom" the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights. In the exhibition flanking the Charters, learn about the origins and ongoing significance of America's most treasured documents.

The Declaration of Independence (1776) announced the separation of the 13 colonies from Great Britain and the establishment of the United States of America. The Declaration articulates the highest ideals of the Revolution- liberty, equality, and the right to self-determination.

The United States Constitution (1787) codified the spirit of the American Revolution in an ingenious, practical scheme of government to promote the welfare of all its citizens. Considered one of the most influential legal documents of all time, it has served as a model for over 100 countries.

The Bill of Rights (1789) spelled out the rights of individual citizens. The First Congress of the United States proposed 12 constitutional amendments. Of those, 10 were ratified and are known as the Bill of Rights.

The Faulkner Murals gracing the curved walls of the Rotunda were painted by artist Barry Faulkner in 1935-36. They are among the largest single-piece oil-on-canvas murals in the United States.


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