Host an Event

Host an event at the National Archives! During your private event, your group may view exhibitions at the National Archives Museum, enjoy customized tours of the “Public Vaults” and “Records of Rights” exhibits, or special exhibitions in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery. You also may explore the magnificent Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom – the permanent home of the original Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

For more information about hosting an event at the National Archives building in Washington, DC, contact our Special Events team at You can also call our office at 202.357.5404 or toll-free at 844.723.2155

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Available Event Spaces

  • Rotunda Galleries

    The Rotunda Galleries are just steps away from the centerpiece of the National Archives Museum, the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom – the permanent home of the original Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights. With 75-foot vaulted ceilings, marble floors,... Read more

  • Archivist’s Reception Room

    This elegant and stately reception room features a large marble foyer entry and is suitable for standing receptions for up to 125, or seated dinners for up to 80 guests. The Archivist’s Reception Room is furnished with elegant settees, antiques, and two grand chandeliers. Three large... Read more

  • William G. McGowan Theater

    The 290-seat, state-of-the-art William G. McGowan Theater is outfitted with pan, tilt, and zoom cameras, studio recording capability, dressing and rehearsal rooms, and set storage. This impressive space is capable of hosting a wide range of programs, including panel discussions, film screenings, and theatrical performances. The McGowan Theater is... Read more

  • Presidential Conference Center

    Named after four of our Founding Fathers, the rooms of the Presidential Conference Center are elegantly adorned with facsimiles of records from the National Archives relating to each of their presidencies. Each space is equipped with built-in projectors and screens. They are also internet accessible, and can be set... Read more

  • Visitor Orientation Plaza

    Welcoming guests into the National Archives Museum, the Visitor Orientation Plaza is located directly outside the brand-new David M. Rubenstein Gallery, home to the permanent “Records of Rights” exhibit. A modern space that incorporates the grandeur of the historic building, the Orientation Plaza is... Read more