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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.

What's Here?


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.

Exhibit Hours

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

  • genealogy
  • American Indians
  • the New Deal
  • the District of Columbia
  • the Federal courts
  • Congress
  • 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

What's Here?

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
For hours and more information, see the National Archives in College Park, MD page.

Federal Register

What's Here?

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.

Regional Archives

What's here?

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....

Researchers in NARA's Anchorage facility Alaska

Archives in Kansas City Missouri
Kansas City

Archives in St. Louis St. Louis

National Archives at Riverside California

National Archives at San Francisco San Francisco

National Archives at New York City New York
New York City

Archives in Denver Colorado

Archives in Philadelphia

Archives in Atlanta Georgia

Archives in Fort Worth Texas
Fort Worth

Archives in Chicago Illinois

Archives in Seattle Washington (State)

Archives in Waltham Massachusetts


Presidential Libraries

What's here?

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....

Hoover Library Hoover Library
West Branch, Iowa

Nixon Library Nixon Presidential Materials
College Park, Maryland

Roosevelt Library Roosevelt Library
Hyde Park, New York

Ford Library Library Ford Library
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ford Museum Library Ford Museum
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Truman Library Truman Library
Independence, Missouri

Carter Library
Carter Library

Atlanta, Georgia

Eisenhower Library Eisenhower Library
Abilene, Kansas

Reagan Library Reagan Library
Simi Valley, California

Kennedy Library Kennedy Library
Boston, Massachusetts

Bush Library Bush Library
College Station, Texas

Johnson Library Johnson Library
Austin, Texas

Clinton Library Clinton Library
Little Rock, Arkansas

Affiliated Archives

What's here?

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

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