National Archives BUILDING

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August 3rd, 2002 and September 30, 2007

National Archives Building Washington, DC


The National Archives Building is where most important historical documents are held.  These documents are available to be seen in the Archives. Some documents are available to view under glass or can't be shown or are available to view as printed copies.  However, the Archives contains such documents are the Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, Articles of Confederation, The Emancipation Proclamation, Louisiana Purchase and many many more.  The National Archives is free; hours of operation are: Research Room Hours Monday & Wednesday 8:45 am - 5:00 pm Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:45 am - 9:00 pm and  Saturday 8:45 am - 4:45 pm Closed Sundays and Federal Holidays.   Rotunda and Exhibit Hall Hours Fall & Winter Seasons (Day after Labor Day through March 31) Daily 10:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. Closed Dec. 25 Spring Season (April 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend) Daily 10:00 A.M. 7:00 P.M. Summer Season (Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day).
Daily 10:00 A.M. 9:00 P.M. The Building is located at: 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

You are not allowed to do flash photography in the building at all. Nor food or drinking or gum is allowed.  Everyone going in is searched and goes through metal detectors and their belongings through an X-ray machine.  There is supposedly a small cafeteria but I didn't see one.  Bathrooms, water fountains and a gift shop is available.  They have special exhibits from time to time and this time it was the Presidents and their school days... we saw actual papers, report cards, awards and other things that belonged to several of the Presidents.


Left to Right: 1) 2002 View of the front of the National Archives Building 2) 2007 postcard of inside the main Rotunda where the Declaration of Independence is stored and the Bill of Rights etc. 3) 2007 Postcard of the outside of the National Archives


Left to Right: 1) Statue outside the National Archives 2) Postcard of a wall mural in the National Archives.

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