Visitor Guidelines

Face Coverings
All visitors ages 4 and older to the museum premises must wear a face covering or mask that covers both the nose and the mouth. Visitors must provide their own face coverings, and those without a face covering will not be admitted. Visitors who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons can still be admitted.

Social Distancing
For your convenience, floor markers have been installed to indicate directional flow and proper spacing of individuals and groups. Practice social distancing during your visit by staying at least six feet from anyone not in your group. Groups of no more than six will be able to social distance together. Children must stay with adults at all times. Failure to follow social distancing procedures and mandatory face covering policy will result in removal from the museum.

New Enhanced Cleaning Measures
The National Archives Museum is conducting enhanced cleanings of the museum and high-touch areas. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the museum.

Not Feeling Well?
Please stay home if you or any of your group members are sick or are experiencing signs of COVID-19. Each of us plays a role in a successful and safe reopening. Thank you for your patience and commitment to honoring our new safety protocols.

Important Information About Your Visit

Entry to the National Archives is free. However, a non-refundable $1.00 advance reservation convenience fee will be charged for each ticket. Changes are allowed on a ticket order at no additional charge.

Same day reservations are permitted.

To assist in social distancing while inside the museum, the maximum number of timed entry tickets an individual may reserve is limited to six tickets.

Entry Procedures
Please have your ticket(s) available (on your phone or printed) for entry.

Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before the scheduled time on your ticket. While we will do our best to honor the scheduled time on your ticket, entry to the National Archives Museum will be subject to building capacity. Late arrivals cannot be guaranteed entry into the museum.

Once inside, National Archives Security will verify your timed entry tickets.

Visitors will pass through airport-type security and metal detectors. Visitors, as well as their belongings, are subject to inspection. The requirement for bag inspection and visitor screening on entrance will result in an inability to guarantee our security officers can maintain six-foot social distance during these procedures.

Bags and backpacks are not permitted. Only one purse or diaper bag is allowed per person, and bags cannot be larger than 17 by 26 inches (43 by 66 centimeters) in size.

A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To use them during your visit, please notify Security staff upon arrival after going through the metal detector. Wipes will be available for you to clean the surfaces before use.

Dining and Shopping
Food and beverage are not available in the Museum. A selection of retail items are available for purchase upon exiting the Museum. Retail items may also be purchased by visiting the National Archives Store at

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