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The National Archives in
Washington, DC

The Rotunda of the National Archives Building in downtown Washington, DC, displays the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. For more information, see the National Archives Museum.


National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408-0001

The National Archives Building is located between Seventh and Ninth Streets, NW, with entrances on Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues.

Please Note:


The National Archives Building in Washington, DC.
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In Washington, DC, take Metrorail's Yellow or Green lines to the Archives/Navy Memorial station. The Archives/Navy Memorial stop is across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Archives building.

In Washington, DC, Metrobuses 30, 32, 34, 36, 53, A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, P4, P17, P19, and W13 stop at the National Archives on Pennsylvania Avenue.

For more specific information on routes, fares, and timetables for Metrobus and Metrorail, please see the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority or telephone Metro at 202-637-7000.


No parking at the building is available for researchers. Several commercial parking lots are located nearby and metered curb parking may be available on nearby streets.

Free Staff shuttle bus between the Washington, DC and College Park, MD National Archives buildings:

  • Monday through Friday only
  • Depart Washington, DC:   8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the hour
    • Pick up at the National Archives bus shelter located on 7th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues, NW.
  • Depart College Park:   8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the hour
    • Pick up in front of the building.
  • Researchers may use it on a space available basis.

Distance from Local Airports

  • From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA):   4 miles
  • From Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD):   28 miles
  • From Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI):   32 miles


Research Center Hours

Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pull Times for Records:
Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Note:  No records are retrieved from the stacks on Saturday.
More details about Pull Times

Closed Sundays and Federal Holidays

National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408

Rotunda and Exhibit Hall Hours

10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing.
(Closed Thanksgiving Day and December 25)

Admission Free

National Archives and Records Administration
Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW
Washington, DC.

Food Service

The Café in the National Archives Building at Washington, DC, is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There are also vending machines in the basement, and a small area with seating. Other options include eating outdoors on the Mall or at the U.S. Navy Memorial. Food may also be purchased at nearby attractions:

Information for Researchers

NARA's Research Room

Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC
(NARA General Information Leaflet (GIL)30)

Obtaining a Researcher Identification Card

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