The National Archives Museum is ADA compliant and accessible to all persons.

Disability Services

Blind and Low Vision Visitors

Five copies of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence are available in braille. Please contact Visitor Services for more information at or call 202-357-6816.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Visitors

ASL interpreters are available with at least seven business days’ advance notice. To make reservations for sign language interpretation on a museum visit or tour, please contact Visitor Services at or call 202-357-6816.

Interpretypes® are available as a means to communicate between staff and visitors. Please see Visitor Services to request one.

Welcome video in American Sign Language (ASL)

Service Animals

The National Archives has a Service Animal Policy, which permits animals specifically trained to perform tasks for persons with disabilities, access to public areas. Therapy animals are not considered service animals under the ADAAA 2008. Service animals must be under the control of their handlers at all times.


A limited number of manual wheelchairs are available for visitors on a first-come, first-serve basis. All facilities are accessible by elevator. Please see Accessing the DC Area Facilities for more information on accessible entrances and routes to the museum. If you require assistance, please ask a security officer.

Visitor Services

If you have questions about disability services or need more information, please email or call 202-357-6816.

Operating Status

Check the Facebook pages and Twitter or call 301-837-0700 in the DC area. Nationwide Federal government operating status updates are available on the OPM website.

Museum Hours


National Archives Museum Tour in American Sign Language (ASL) and English

The National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C. invites you to view our "Welcome to the National Archives Museum" video featured in American Sign Language (ASL) and English with closed captioning. This video highlights the various exciting permanent and changing exhibits, special galleries, gift shop, cafe, and research rooms. It also highlights resources available to Deaf and Hard of Hearing visitors such as ASL interpreted tours, and Interpretypes® available to assist with communication between Deaf and hearing visitors and staff.