Skip-the-line National Archives Building Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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57 reviews   (4.95)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Washington DC, Washington DC

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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This 2 hour tour semi-private (8 Guest Maximim) guided tour will bring you face to face with the seemingly humble documentation that gave birth to the most powerful nation in the world. The National Archives will introduce you to the original paperwork that formed the United States of America.

What's Included

Duration 2 Hours

Professional Tour Guide

Semi-Private Museum Tour

Semi-Private" Means Group Size Is Never More Than 8 Guests Maximum

What's Not Included

Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)

Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 0 - 9
  • YOUTH: Age: 10 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 99

Additional Info

  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • Notes: American History Museum and other attractions or museums in DC may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum openi
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Minimum numbers apply. This tour will not run without a minimum of 2 guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Public transportation options are available nearby

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

The National Archives Museum
Step through the doors of this majestic neoclassical building, considered a temple to American history. Follow your guide, starting at the National Archives Rotunda to learn about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution while standing in front of the perfectly-preserved documents from the 17th and 18th centuries. Alongside the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers, they all feature the signatures of world-famous statesmen like Alexander Hamilton.

Next, in the Public Vaults Exhibits, letters written by presidents including George Washington and John F. Kennedy are on display. The United States’ turbulent racial past comes alive while learning about the Emancipation Proclamation, which helped end slavery in the 19th century. More recent papers, like a citation issued to civil rights activist Rosa Parks, illustrates how long these racial issues lasted. Finally, in the Rubenstein Gallery, examine even older documents like the Magna Carta of 1297. Although it was written well before the Americas were even discovered by Europeans, it heavily influenced many of the other artifacts you’ll see in the National Archives.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free


Best way to do the Archives
Y5401TKjessicaj, 31-12-2022
So much better guided! Hearing the back story of the building, murals, historical context brought everything to life, especially for my 10 and 12 year olds. Highly recommend Maribeth, a retired lobbyist through multiple presidencies, she brought a rich and researched background, great for kids and adults. Well worth it and would do again, especially since our semi-private tour ended up private!
Fantastic experience
Tony W, 29-12-2022
Our tour guide Donna was fantastic. She helped give context to the historical items on display through easy to follow stories. I thought she prioritized the time spent on the tour very well. Would definitely recommend.
Richard was an amazing guide!
beckymess, 24-12-2022
Such a great experience for our family of eight. Richard was a wealth of knowledge and told many great stories. So glad we chose a guide for the National Archives, it was worth every penny. Thank you, R3!
National Archives review
S2542KEchrisg, 29-11-2022
Good experience. Guide showed great patience with a group containing some challenging individuals. Telling of the story of Independence and the creation of the Constitution was at times a bit garbled, but the main points were covered. As a Brit, I would say that the conflict between the American Colonies and Great Britain should not be characterised as a conflict with George III - Britain had a constitutional monarchy, and it was the policy of the British Government that enflamed relations, not the figure of the king (who did play some role). Just a small gripe!
The only way to tour
WhiskeyDrip, 21-11-2022
Our incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide Richard kept my son and I fully immersed for two hours through the National Archives. What a treat to have such a warm and friendly "nerd" to thoroughly bring this amazing building to life.

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