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Host an Event at the National Archives

During a private event in the National Archives building, guests can learn more about the vast holdings of the National Archives through viewing various exhibits including the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, permanent home to the original Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights, the Public Vaults, where guests experience the feeling of going beyond the walls of the Rotunda into the stacks and vaults of the National Archives with over 1,000 original or facsimile documents, photographs, maps, drawings, film or audio clips, allowing guests to see the raw materials of our American democracy and the Records of Rights: A Permanent Exhibition in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery, exploring how generations of Americans sought to fulfill the promise of the founding documents.

Event Spaces


Rotunda Galleries

Rotunda Galleries

The Rotunda Galleries are just steps away from the centerpiece of the National Archives Museum, the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom where the original Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights are permanently displayed. This magnificent and breathtaking space, with 75-foot high vaulted ceilings, is suitable for receptions and seated dinners. The Galleries can accommodate 100 to 200 people for a seated dinner or standing cocktail reception for 250.

McGowan Theater

William G. McGowan Theater

The 290-seat, state-of-the-art William G. McGowan Theater is outfitted with pan, tilt, and zoom cameras, studio recording capability, dressing and rehearsal rooms, and set storage. This impressive space is capable of hosting a wide range of programs, including panel discussions, film screenings, and theatrical performances. The McGowan Theater is fully accessible, with an assistive listening system for the hearing-impaired as well as wheelchair-accessible seating. The theater lobby is perfect for pre- and post-program reception

Map showing the Presidential Conference Center


Presidential Conference Center

Named after four of our Founding Fathers, the rooms of the Presidential Conference Center are elegantly adorned with facsimiles of records from the National Archives relating to each of their presidencies. Each space is equipped with built-in projectors and screens. They are also internet accessible, and can be set up for teleconferencing. These rooms may be used during public hours or for evening events.

Jefferson Conference Room

As the largest Presidential Conference Room, the Jefferson Room is ideal for hosting lectures, meetings, or conferences. It can accommodate up to 65 people in a theater-style set-up, or 45 people in a board room set-up.

Washington Conference Room

The Washington Room is suitable for lectures, meetings, or conferences and is capable of accommodating up to 60 people for a theater-style set-up or 40 people for a board room set-up.

Adams Conference Room

The Adams Room can accommodate up to 20 people for a board room set-up or 30 people for a lecture or presentation.

Madison Conference Room

Suitable for more intimate engagements, the Madison Room can accommodate up to 20 people for a lecture or 15 people for a board room set-up.