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The U.S. National Archives

The flagship of the U.S. Government’s National Archives and Records Administration, this Greek Revival building in D.C.’s Federal Triangle was created in 1934 to house records of America’s military, civic and diplomatic origins and activities. Home to the Charters of Freedom – the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights – the Archives offers a comprehensive visitor experience that includes the Charters themselves, as well as a film about the relationship between public records and democracy, and a peek into the public research vaults.

Practical Info

The entrance for the general public is found at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 9th Street; visitors without advanced reservations line up here to await admission. Advanced reservations for entrance and guided tours (held at 9:45 a.m., Monday-Friday) can be made via phone at (877) 444-6777 and incur a courtesy fee of $1.50 per person.

The on-site Charter Café is open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The Archives offers no dedicated public parking, but it’s directly across the street from the Metrorail’s Archives-Navy Memorial station, which serves the Yellow and Green Lines.

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