Washington DC, A to Z: Archives of the United States of America

This building is now called the National Archives Building but the words at the top of the building clearly read

Archives of the United States of America

The north side of the the National Archives Building contains information for research: genealogy, American Indians, pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters, the New Deal, the District of Columbia, the Federal courts, and Congress.

The National Archives Museum is located in the south side of the National Archives Building.

National Archives Building
Picture taken from the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art
Sculpture: Aurora by Mark di Suvero

I really enjoyed visiting this museum. Like many places in Washington DC, the amount of interesting things on display is overwhelming. Photographs aren’t allowed inside the museum so I didn’t take any. Highlights include:

  • seeing the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. You can see them online and even download high resolution copies  by clicking here.
  • reading documents from the Records of Rights exhibit in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery. This 10 minute curator led tour gives a good overview.

4 thoughts on “Washington DC, A to Z: Archives of the United States of America

  1. For years I went to DC every spring for a convention and would stay an extra 48 hours and do tourist things but it's been 15 years. My husband had never been there. We've been talking about going for years and finally made it.


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