National Archives

On September 18, 2003, the National Archives re-opened its doors to the public after extensive renovations had closed the building for several years. Visitors now have access once again to the “Charters of Freedom”, which include the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Now, for the first time, visitors are able to simultaneously view all four pages of the Constitution. Additional wings of the Archives building include the 290-seat William G. McGowan Theater, an “inside the stack” exhibit called the Public Vaults, the Boeing Learning Center, and a Special Exhibition Gallery

Interesting Facts:

  • The two bronze doors at the main entrance to the Archives are believed to be the largest in the world.
  • The Archives’ collection includes three billion pages of text, six million still photos, 91 million feet of motion picture film, 70,000 sound recordings, and nine million aerial photographs.

Links:

National Archives

Visiting the National Archives

Library of Congress – Primary Documents in American History

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.