Activities & Things to Do
Check the calendar for special programs, including:
Family days: Explore National Archives collections and participate in family activities in one of our history-filled family days.
Explore our exhibits, including the National Archives Rotunda--home to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Check out the 17-foot interactive touch-screen table in the Records of Rights exhibit, discover new records in the rotating Featured Documents display, and learn about special exhibition topics in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery.
Plan on spending at least 90 minutes visiting the exhibits.
All restrooms are equipped with changing tables.
Nursing is permitted throughout the museum; there are no designated nursing or pumping areas.
Strollers & Bags
Strollers, wheelchairs, mobility devices, luggage, backpacks, and other personal items are permitted in the museum but must remain with the visitors at all times. There are no lockers or coat checks available.
Baby Backpacks & Carriers
Baby backpacks and other types of wearable infant carriers are permitted.
Food & Snacks
The Charters Café is on the lower level and is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. A seating area with vending machines and an ATM are open all day. (Note that food, chewing gum, and beverages are prohibited in the theater and exhibition areas.)
Reservations are not required, but you can reserve a timed entry.
Armed Forces Families
Service personnel in uniform or presenting a valid military I.D., and veterans with proof of service and their families and guests may enter through the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street.
National Archives Store
The National Archives Store is open daily, 10 a.m. to closing.