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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 facilityAlaska

Archives in Kansas CityMissouri
Kansas City

Archives in St. LouisSt. Louis

National Archives at RiversideCalifornia

National Archives at San FranciscoSan Francisco

National Archives at New York CityNew York
New York City

Archives in DenverColorado

Archives in Philadelphia

Archives in AtlantaGeorgia

Archives in Fort WorthTexas
Fort Worth

Archives in ChicagoIllinois

Archives in SeattleWashington (State)

Archives in WalthamMassachusetts


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 LibraryHoover Library
West Branch, Iowa

Nixon LibraryNixon Presidential Materials
College Park, Maryland

Roosevelt LibraryRoosevelt Library
Hyde Park, New York

Ford Library LibraryFord Library
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ford Museum LibraryFord Museum
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Truman LibraryTruman Library
Independence, Missouri

Carter Library
Carter Library

Atlanta, Georgia

Eisenhower LibraryEisenhower Library
Abilene, Kansas

Reagan LibraryReagan Library
Simi Valley, California

Kennedy LibraryKennedy Library
Boston, Massachusetts

Bush LibraryBush Library
College Station, Texas

Johnson LibraryJohnson Library
Austin, Texas

Clinton LibraryClinton 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