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Washington, DC: National Archives - Guided Museum Tour

1. Washington, DC: National Archives - Guided Museum Tour

Your local English speaking guide will not only be an expert on the archives, but will also share a mix of historical & political information, background stories and surprising details with you. Tour highlights: • 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 • The Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers featuring the signatures of world-famous statesmen like Alexander Hamilton • The Public Vaults Exhibits, where letters written by presidents including George Washington and John F. Kennedy are on display • The Emancipation Proclamation, which helped end slavery in the 19th century • A citation issued to civil rights activist Rosa Parks, illustrates how long these racial issues lasted • In the Rubenstein Gallery, examine even older documents like the Magna Carta of 1297 With over half a million artifacts at the National Archives, you’ll be thankful to your passionate, and engaging guide for navigating you, bringing a personal touch to each tour, adding own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way.

Washington DC: National Archives Building

2. Washington DC: National Archives Building

Tour around the presidential highlights of the nation's capital, Washington, DC by luxury tour bus. Check out every memorial of the National Mall as you voyage around the city. Hop on and off as you please to visit the most important landmarks, and hear the important history from your guide. This excursion begins with an in-depth look at some of the city’s most poignant sights and sounds, from the White House to the war memorials and the U.S. Capitol Building. In summer, enjoy a leisurely boat cruise after lunch, taking in the pretty Potomac and Georgetown Waterfront. Meanwhile, winter brings a scenic bus tour through Virginia in the afternoon, taking in The Pentagon, Air Force Memorial, Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery along the way. Enjoy a fascinating look at the interior of the National Archives as the final attraction of the tour.

National Archives Building & Capitol Hill: Guided Combo Tour

3. National Archives Building & Capitol Hill: Guided Combo Tour

This 5-hour combination tour starts with the National Archives, the neoclassical building considered a temple to American history. Your local English speaking guide will not only be an expert on the archives, but will also share a mix of historical & political information, background stories and surprising details with you. Visit the National Archives Rotunda to learn about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution while reading the perfectly-preserved documents from the 17th and 18th centuries. You will also see the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers featuring the signatures of world-famous statesmen like Alexander Hamilton. Discover the Public Vaults Exhibits, where letters written by presidents including George Washington and John F. Kennedy are on display. Have a look at the Emancipation Proclamation, which helped end slavery in the 19th century. Study a citation issued to civil rights activist Rosa Parks and examine even older documents like the Magna Carta of 1297 in the Rubenstein Gallery. After a break, the tour explores Capitol Hill on foot - the epicenter of activity in Washington DC. Your knowledgeable local guide will show the exteriors of the Supreme Court, the Capitol building and the Library of Congress as well as the interior of the Main Reading Room. In addition, admire the Statue of Freedom and the Thomas Jefferson library with a real Gutenberg Bible. You can also learn about the judicial system at the Museum of the Supreme Court and maybe get a peek inside the actual courtroom.

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What people are saying about The U.S. National Archives

This tour was fantastic. It's definitely worth taking a day to be able to see so many different monuments and sites. The only issue I had, was that I had conflicting times as of when to meet. The tickets said 30 minutes before departure. The email confirmation also said 30 minutes before departure, and then it also said be there by 8:15 AM. I called to confirm the correct time. They outsource this service and it is obvious that the people that are talking to you are overseas. The lady had to get back to me and confirmed that I need to be there at 8:15 for the 10am tour. I had read reviews that people get left if they are late, so I didn't want to risk it. Needless to say we got to the meeting point at 8:15… My family and I had to wait in the rain until 9:30. So, You just need to be there 30 minutes before departure. Other than that the tour was fantastic.

Jennifer was an excellent guide. She not only knows her stuff, she knows how to navigate this city and all of its sights. She got us right into the museum at opening and right up the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights, so we could see these originals without competing with others. She kept her word when she said she would be our guide for as long as we were in town and has been an invaluable resource. We are so grateful.

Booked a tour of the Smithsonian and capital hill. Saw so much more. Really enjoyed our guide Joey and driver Ali. Well worth it.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and the pacing was well done. We had a great time and would highly recommend!

Thank you to Nick and his team! It was a great tour!