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National Archives Museum Limited Reopening Starting June 18, and Daily on July 2
Press Release · Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Washington, DC

Starting Friday, June 18, the Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, will open for viewing the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights, (with limited capacity of 25 percent), by timed reservations Friday through Monday only, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning Friday, July 2, the Museum will resume normal hours of 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, and expand to be open every day, but with the same reduced capacity. As of July 2, visitors will also be able to view the Magna Carta in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery.

Visitors can reserve passes online and select the desired date and time for their visit. Reserve timed entry tickets on Recreation.gov. No one will be admitted without a timed ticket.

All other National Archives Museum exhibits and the Archives Café remain closed at this time. Public tours and in-person events remain 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. 

  • Enhanced Safety Measures for the health of visitors and staff (based on CDC guidance):
  • Requiring that unvaccinated visitors ages 2 and older wear face coverings during their visit.
  • Closely monitoring and limiting the number of people visiting.
  • 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.

New enhanced cleaning measures: The National Archives Museum is conducting enhanced cleanings of the museum and high-touch areas. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the museum.

The situation can change quickly, so visitors should check here for the most up-to-date information. Questions? Contact 202-357-5210 or email visitorservices@nara.gov.

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