Remove Ads
2,892 votes

National Archives and Records Administration

700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20408 USA

Free to Visit
Open Now
Wed 10a-5:30p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
  • Wifi
Add to Trip

Iconic Attraction

Our Take

The inside of the National Archives features some pretty low light so even if you have 20/20 vision you still want to pay close attention to where you’re walking when you’re visiting. The lighting is set like this to protect the old and fragile documents on display, which include, most notably, the original United States Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the United States Bill of Rights. There’s something incredibly cool about seeing documents that hold so much importance: The very foundations of our country are contained within these artifacts.

Remove Ads

“Home of the U.S. Constitution”

The National Archives Museum holds the United States Government's Charters of Freedom, the U. S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence for viewing. The National Archives Museum depicts our astounding national mosaic and tells the stories of the American journey to young and old, scholars and students, cynics and dreamers.

Read More >
Add Review
Your Rating

Reviewed by
Emily Gill

  • Road Warrior
  • 53 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
April 24, 2018
Rated 4.0

Very fun to see the original documents from the founding of America. However, the line is quite long to get in and you don't have much time in front of the documents. They make you move along quite quickly and the documents are very faded. For me, it was worth it to wait in line and see them, but that would not be true for everyone especially depending on time restrictions.

Was this helpful?

Reviewed by

  • 23 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
March 31, 2016
Rated 2.0

If you have time I would go but if you have a tight schedule don't bother. There is not much here and they make so many replicas of the documents what is the point. No photos allowed.

Was this helpful?

Reviewed by
Kathleen Anderson

  • 54 Reviews
  • 31 Helpful
February 18, 2016
Rated 3.0

While it's great to see the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, the lines here can be quite long. The amount of people roaming about is comparable to the rest of the museums on the Mall, but because there are so few items to look at it feels much more crowded and time-consuming. The building is beautiful, inside and out.

Was this helpful?

Be the first to add a review to the National Archives and Records Administration.

National Archives and Records Administration

700 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia
20408 USA
Remove Ads


Open now until 5:30 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Problem with this listing? Let us know.

Remove Ads
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
See More Details (10)


Remove Ads

Nearby Hotels

Germantown, Maryland

Click to discover a
great deal!

New Carrollton, Maryland

Click to discover a
great deal!

Remove Ads
Remove Ads