Reservations and Tours

Reservations and Tours 

Entry to the National Archives is free. Reservations are not required for individuals or groups wishing to enter the National Archives Museum through the General Public Entrance, but reservations are strongly suggested between March and Labor Day to avoid potentially long lines outside. A nonrefundable $1.00 advance reservation convenience fee will be charged for each reserved ticket. Changes are allowed on a ticket order at no additional charge. If you cancel, reservation fees are nonrefundable. Same-day reservations are permitted.

Timed-Entry Reservations 

  • Self-guided, Timed-Entry reservations are offered every 15 minutes beginning at 10:30 a.m. and continue until 90 minutes before closing daily. 
  • The service charge for online reservations is $1.00 per person; admission to all of the National Archives Museum exhibits is free.
  • Timed-Entry reservation holders use the Museum's general public entrance near the corner of 9th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.

Reserve Timed-Entry Tickets

Guided Tours (Not available at this time)

  • Once a day, Monday through Friday, at 9:45 a.m. we offer a one-hour docent-led guided tour of the National Archives Museum. The tour includes the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom (home to the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights) and the Public Vaults permanent, interactive exhibit gallery.
  • Individuals and groups may reserve up to 15 spaces for the Guided Tour.
  • The service charge for online reservations is $1.00 per person; admission to all of the National Archives Museum exhibits is free.
  • Tickets are available 90 days in advance.
  • Guided Tour reservation holders use the Special Events entrance enter near the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.

Reserve a Guided Tour

All visitors will go through security screening upon entry.

There are NO REFUNDS on any ticket orders. When the Archives is unexpectedly closed due to special events, national security concerns, or for other reasons, it will NOT be able to refund any money. In these cases, attempts will be made to re-book your tickets to another date. An unexpected closure of the National Archives is the ONLY time tours may be re-booked. All other orders are final and cannot be changed once payment is completed.

Reservations can also be made through the Call Center: 1-877-444-6777, Group Sales Reservations: 1-877-559-6777, or TDD: 1-877-833-6777.