Hours and Visitor Information
We welcome you to visit the National Archives. All tours and assistance are provided in English.
National Archives in Washington, D.C.
The National Archives Building in downtown Washington, DC, contains the permanent exhibit of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, known together as the Charters of Freedom.
A new exhibit called the Public Vaults displays over 1,000 fascinating records (originals or reproductions) from the National Archives holdings.
Fall & Winter Seasons (Day after Labor Day through March 14)
Daily 10:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and December 25
Spring & Summer Season (March 15 - Labor Day)
Daily 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Records for Research
For researchers, The National Archives Building in Washington, DC houses textual and microfilm records relating to
- American Indians
- the New Deal
- the District of Columbia
- the Federal courts
- pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters
For hours and more information, see the National Archives in Washington, DC page.
National Archives in College Park, Maryland
The National Archives Building in College Park, Maryland has several public research rooms, with records including:
- pictures and photographs
- electronic records
- cartographic and architectural records
- Nixon Presidential Materials
- motion picture, sound, and video records
- John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection
- textual records from most civilian agencies
- military records dating from World War II
The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) in Washington, DC, provides access to the official text of:
- Federal Laws
- Presidential Documents
- Administrative Regulations and Notices
- Descriptions of Federal Organizations, Programs and Activities
We also administer the Electoral College and the Constitutional Amendment process.For hours and more information, see the Federal Register page.
The Regional Archives facilities around the country offer public programs and have research rooms with access to records of regional and genealogical interest. Select a Regional Archives to learn more....
The Presidential Libraries present vast archives of documents, museums full of Presidential artifacts, and interesting educational and public programs. Select a Presidential Library to learn more....
Hyde Park, New York
Affiliated Archives are public or non-profit archives that hold--by written agreement with NARA--Federal records owned by NARA. Since 1953, NARA has established eight Affiliated Archives. Learn More