National Archives Tour: Explore American History
21 Ratings
Discover the treasures of American history on a 5.5-hour semi-private guided tour of the National Archives. Skip the line and explore iconic documents, presidential portraits, and renowned artworks.
Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
What's Included
  • Skip-the-line entry to National Archives
  • 5.5-hour tour including a lunch break
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions
  • Exclusive semi-private experience limited to 8 guests
  • Expert guidance from a professional tour guide
What's Not Included
  • 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 Information

Join this Semi-Private (maximum of 8 guests), 5.5-hour guided tour that gives you fast-track access to two must-see museums in Washington DC. It’s an immersive experience that brings to life the people and documents that have shaped the United States. Your guide will take you on a journey through the nation’s past, revealing the heroes, villains, cultural developments, and artistic achievements that define the USA.

The tour frequently includes (but is not strictly limited to) the following highlights:

-The original copy of the Declaration of Independence
-The Constitution
-The Bill of Rights
-The 1297 Magna Carta
-Portraits of past presidents
-Depictions of American life in the 20th Century
-Portraits of Barack Obama
-A portrait of Pocahontas
-A glimpse inside Conservation Labs
-Artworks by renowned artists such as Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and Norman Rockwell

  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • A maximum of 8 people per tour allowed
  • 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: National Archives and other attractions or museums 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.
National Archives Research Center
Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Meet your guide on the corner of 9th Street NW and Constitution Ave. Address: Meet your guide on the corner of 9th Street NW and Constitution Ave.
Cancellation Policy

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

Customer Ratings
(21 Ratings)
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Feb 18, 2024
Great - Fantastic guided tour with Annemarie. Very knowledgeable about art and museums. We saw everything we were hoping to see and her insights and flexibility was perfect for our group
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Feb 18, 2024
Great day at the archives and portrait gallery - Annemarie was our guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and engaging on the history, architecture and art. I’d recommend her and this tour to anyone looking for an in depth dive of these museums.
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Jan 26, 2024
Tour portrait museum - Annemarie the tour today was outstanding. Your knowledge of history is very impressive. Next time we are in Washington looking for a tour we will contact you. Thanks so much.
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Sep 1, 2023
Great experience - Love the tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and presented a lot of valuable information. Thank You for the great experience.
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Jul 9, 2023
Skipping the line is a total game changer! - Our tour guide, Annemarie, was amazing! Super knowledgeable, thorough and fun! She took her time and the ability to skip the line was a game changer. Highly recommend and will never do general admission again in the future. Guided tour is the only way to go!
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Jul 8, 2023
Great tour of the archives! - A great tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and kind. She walked us through and we gained insight we would have missed on our own. Well worth it! Highly recommend.
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May 14, 2023
Tour of National Archives and Capitol Hill - Seeing the founding documents of our country in the National Archives and Thomas Jefferson's library in the Library of Congress were highlights of the tour. Both sites are truly magnificent buildings with very different styles of architecture. Annemarie, our guide from Babylon Tours did a wonderful job explaining the sites we were visiting, providing a lot of relevant detail which greatly added to our understanding of what we were seeing and our enjoyment.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 31, 2023
Richard- National Archive tour - Richard did an awesome job taking us through and actually telling us the history behind the different exhibits. He had lots of energy and knows his stuff. Would recommend a tour from Richard to anyone.
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Mar 23, 2023
Our Tour - We enjoyed the archives and the library of Congress . Our tour guide , Annemarie, did a phenomenal job. She was knowledgeable, professional and very personable.
Review provided by Viator
Feb 28, 2023
Great tour with annemarie - I took a tour of the National Archives Museum with Annemarie, and she was great! I give it an A plus. She was knowledgeable, entertaining, and kind. She was also happy to focus on whatever I was interested. She also had plenty of insider secrets, like the secret silhouette of Lincoln’s face in one of the murals in the rotunda. Highly recommended.
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up to 8 guests
1 Adult
April 2024