Skip-the-line National Archives Building Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max - Washington D. C.

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    National Archives Museum, 701 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20408, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This 1.5 to 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.

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Stop At: The National archives Museum, Washington DC, District of Columbia

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 youll see in the National Archives.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Babylon Tours Washington D.C., Washington DC, District of Columbia

The capital of the United States, the playground of politicians and presidents, is just as enticing for tourists who want to experience a slice of American history. Our English speaking guides organize private and small group tours to the citys most important institutions, like the National museum of american history and the Air and Space Museum. Rub elbows with senators as you stroll the historical monuments on the Mall and learn about the iconic figures buried at Arlington national cemetery. At Babylon Tours, our engaging guides want to make it clear that D.C. isnt just for the fat cats on Capitol hill its also yours to explore.

Duration: 2 hours


Semi-Private Museum Tour

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

Professional Tour Guide

Duration 2 Hours


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

Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)

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

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)

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.

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 opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

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  • 21-Oct-2022

    En fantastisk guide som hadde en veldig balansert og underholdende stil med masse spennende og interessant informasjon.

  • 18-Oct-2022

    If you book this tour. Ask for Richard You can’t visit DC without doing this tour. Miss at your peril. All three original US historical documents and Magna Carta in one place. I could of stayed on the tour for longer with Richard. Two hours isn’t long enough. The guide was very knowledgeable, engaging and what every guide should be Will look up again when back in DC. Six star tour

  • 16-Oct-2022

    Brenda was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable with lots of “insider” stories! And skipping the lines was an added bonus!

  • 28-Sep-2022

    Brenda our guide provided us with great insight to the documents we saw and the history surrounding them. She was thorough in following a timeline of historical events surrounding the formation of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. A most interesting and engaging tour.

  • 18-Sep-2022

    Our tour guide Brenda was terrific. Her storytelling really brought the history of our nation’s founding documents to life. Highly recommend a private tour!

  • 24-Aug-2022

    Very informative! Our guide was great with our grandson and his stories kept the tour lively. We are very glad we took the tour!

  • 10-Aug-2022

    We would have preferred to have a guide who was less chatty about modern movies and politics during our archival tour. Most of the time she would be speaking for 5-10 minutes in front of a display before we figured out how what she was talking about tied to the display we were in front of. This was after we were initially rushed through security. Not only did our guide not inform us cameras are not allowed (which were plainly hanging from our necks) she complained so much about us being slow we barely had time to take the stuff out of our pockets. She immediately headed toward the stairs and up while one of us was still at security. She was very kind in apologizing for her attitude at the beginning as she wanted us to have some time with the documents in the rotunda. Just don’t look at those other displays up there because they aren’t important. And she was kind enough to apologize as she was giving us *facts* about things currently under investigation. All in all bad opinionated and skewed tour.

  • 31-Jul-2022

    We had a wonderful tour with Brenda! She was very knowledgeable and fun to have as a guide. We had our siz-year-old with us and she was very relatable for him in her insight. Thanks, Brenda!

  • 27-Jul-2022

    Our tour of the national archives was informative and interesting. Brenda was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining! She is passionate and engaging to listen to. Highly recommended!!

  • 20-Jul-2022

    Richard was our guide. He has a huge passion for the National Archives. He told some great stories and has some huge insight- he is a "regular" at the National Archives and knows many people in the building. RECOMMENDATIONS/INSIGHT: This tour lines up on the east side of the main stairs (on Constitution Ave)-- not the west side with general admittance. If you do the 10 AM tour, plan to be in line by 9:45 or 9:50. The guards admitted the fist visitors in the east line of registered tours before the general admittance line on our date. The main showcase rotunda room fills up very quickly. This was great for our teen-age children.

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