Visit the Museum

Plan your visit to the National Archives Museum, home of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.

Open Daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

701 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408

Plan A Visit

Founding Documents

Visit these milestone documents in our Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom


Museum visitors explore the interactive touch screen table in the Records of Rights Exhibit

Records of Rights
Permanent Exhibit
Explore how generations of Americans sought to fulfill the promise of the founding documents.

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Power & Light: Russell Lee's Coal Survey

March 16, 2024 to July 6, 2025
Russell Lee’s 1946 coal survey photographs tell the story of laborers who helped build the nation, of a moment when the government took stock of their health and safety, and of a photographer who recognized their humanity.

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Road to Revolution

June 21, 2024 to July 31, 2026
Road to Revolution is a series of displays highlighting National Archives records that document the journey from colonial resistance to American independence and the diverse experiences of the nation’s founding generation.

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Featured Document Display: Harvey Milk Writes to the President

May 31, 2024 to June 17, 2024
In 1978, Californians voted on Proposition 6, which would have banned gay men and lesbians from teaching or otherwise being employed by California school districts.

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Featured Document Display: North Atlantic Treaty

April 29, 2024 to June 17, 2024
On April 4, 1949, representatives of the United States, Canada, and 10 Western European nations met in Washington, DC, to sign the North Atlantic Treaty—a mutual defense pact against possible aggression from the Soviet Union.

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Featured Document Display: The Emancipation Proclamation and Juneteenth

June 18, 2024 to June 20, 2024
The freedom promised in the Emancipation Proclamation was finally delivered to 250,000 people who remained enslaved in Texas two and a half years after President Lincoln’s historic proclamation and two months after Union victory in the Civil War.