Skip-the-line National Archives Building Private Guided Tour

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From $94.34

149 reviews   (4.91)

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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Discover the United States’ turbulent history through works preserved in the National Archives. This 2 hour exclusive guided museum tour explores the documents and letters that have built this very young, yet extremely influential world power.

What's Included

Duration 2 Hours

Guided Museum Tour

Tour Guide Exclusively For You (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option)

Wheelchair Friendly (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option)

What's Not Included

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

  • Notes: National Archives 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 opening tim
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 8 people permitted per tour allowed
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

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
Enter the neoclassical building that acts as a temple to American history. Once inside, your expert guide will take you through the National Archives Rotunda to learn about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution while observing the original documents. These papers, alongside the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers, are all signed by the prominent statesmen and founding fathers like Alexander Hamilton. Moving to the Public Vaults Exhibits, you’ll come face to face with letters from George Washington and John F. Kennedy. You’ll even see the Emancipation Proclamation, which, in 1863, led to the abolishment of slavery. Finally, in the Rubenstein Gallery, you’ll examine more historical documents like the Magna Carta of 1297, written well before the United States was even conceived, yet pivotal in influencing the other documents that you’ll experience in the Archives. By the end, you will have witnessed firsthand the humble documentation that created the world’s most powerful country.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free


Private Archives Tour
Excursion68158002097, 08-01-2023
Richard was a wonderful tour guide and a wealth of knowledge. Learned so many things about our nation’s history. Highly recommend a tour led by him!
National Archive Tour - Amazing!
TomFromHouston, 01-01-2023
Donna was an amazing tour guide! She really brought to life the events leading up to, and surrounding the writings of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution! I highly recommend the tour to anyone visiting DC!
Great tour of the National Archives
366adamw, 31-12-2022
Meghan was fabulous! She really brought the museum to life. I highly recommend this tour!! She was very informative and interactive
Ask for Richard
RobertandCarolB, 19-12-2022
Our guide, Richard Robinson, was engaging, enjoyable and very knowledgeable. He has a marvelous way of making history so much more interesting with true stories. He also has a passion for what he does and it adds to the experience.
Very engaging tour guide
kellib100, 14-12-2022
Donna was a fantastic tour guide!! She was very knowledgeable and personable. It was well worth the money spend to do a guided tour!! She was on time, professional, and had great suggestions for after our tour. We highly recommend Babylon tours and especially Donna!

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