Rotunda to Reopen on Saturdays this Fall
Press Release · Thursday, October 8, 2020

Washington, DC

We’ve missed you and can’t wait to welcome you back to the National Archives Museum starting this Saturday, October 10!  To provide the safest environment for our visitors, only the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom--featuring the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights-- will be open, by timed reservation on Saturdays only, from 10 am– 2 pm. Beginning today, visitors can reserve passes online and select the desired date and time for their visit. Click Here to Reserve Timed Entry Tickets. No one will be admitted without a timed ticket.

The other Museum exhibits and the Archives Café will not be open. All on-site public tours and events are temporarily suspended. The National Archives Museum is located on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW, and is fully accessible. Metro: Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. 

Given that the well-being of our visitors is our top priority, the Rotunda will reopen with the following enhanced public safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, the situation can change quickly so visitors should check here for the most up-to-date information. Questions? Contact 202-357-5210 or email

Enhanced Safety Measures for the health of visitors and staff (based on CDC guidance):

  • Closely monitoring and limiting the number of people visiting.
  • Requiring visitors to check their temperatures before visiting and requesting that those  who are sick or do not feel well stay home.
  • Implementing safe social distancing through stanchions and floor markings, one-way paths, and directional guidance.
  • Requiring that visitors ages 4 and older wear face coverings during their visit.
  • Contact tracing procedures to notify visitors and the security force if a visitor later reports a COVID-19 diagnosis.

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