Dive Into History At The National Archives Building!
Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a fun weekend activity, there’s plenty to learn and explore at the National Archives in DC.
What’s In The Archives?
Inside the National Archives, you’ll find documents created by Congress, the Supreme Court, federal agencies, and federal district courts in the District of Columbia. The Archives also houses pre-World War I military records for the U.S. Army and Confederate veterans and pre-1940 vessel station logbooks for the U.S. Navy. You’ll be able to walk through the archives yourself, or you can also opt for a guided tour Monday through Friday. On the one-hour guided tour, you’ll explore the museum, the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom (the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights) and the interactive Public Vaults exhibit.
Visiting With Kids
If you’re taking your little ones with you, be sure to stop by the Boeing Learning Center first to check out a gallery pack. The gallery packs are designed with school-aged families in mind and include activities for each of the permanent museum exhibits. Your kids can even wear an archivist’s stack coat for their visit!
The Public Vaults exhibit is an interactive, hands-on exploration of the National Archives’ contents that offers replica documents, images, maps, posters, and more from the archives. There’s also a 17-foot interactive touchscreen table in the Records of Rights exhibit that kids are sure to enjoy.
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National Archives Exhibits
In addition to the documents that founded our country, you’ll also be able to view dynamic, moving exhibits including:
- Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote – this exhibit explores the struggles for women’s right to vote throughout history.
- Records of Rights – This permanent exhibit contemplates how generation after generation of Americans have striven to fulfill the hope and promise of the nation’s founding documents.
- Public Vaults – You’ll be able to view some of the stand-out treasures from the vaults of the National Archives in this permanent exhibit.
- Never Forget: Remembering the Holocaust – This featured documentary display honors the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz through historic records and footage in honor of the victims of the Holocaust.
- Founding Documents – Located in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, the original founding documents of the United States of America are on display for visitors each day.
Spend a day at the National Archives soaking up our country’s rich history, with so much to explore, you’ll learn something new every time you visit!