Private DC National Archives Building & Capitol Hill Guided Combo Tour

  • Private DC National Archives Building & Capitol Hill Guided Combo Tour

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Discover the United States’ turbulent history through works preserved in the National Archives before exploring the architectural marvels around Capitol Hill. This private, 5-hour tour will allow you to explore these two Washington DC icons, maximizing your time in the American capital city.


Start at the Archives, a neoclassical building that acts as a temple to American history. Once inside. Your expert guide will introduce you to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution while observing the original documents. These papers, alongside the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers, are all signed by the prominent statesmen and founding fathers like Alexander Hamilton. Moving to the Public Vaults Exhibits, you’ll come face to face with letters from George Washington and John F. Kennedy. You’ll even see the Emancipation Proclamation, which, in 1863, led to the abolishment of slavery. Finally, in the Rubenstein Gallery, you’ll examine more historical documents like the Magna Carta of 1297, written well before the United States was even conceived, yet pivotal in influencing the other documents that you’ll experience in the Archives. By the end, you will have witnessed firsthand the humble documentation that created the world’s most powerful country.

Afterwards, we’ll talk politics and history as we trace Washington DC’s evolution from a swamp to the capital of one of the world’s most influential nations.  Explore the City Upon a Hill with a knowledgeable guide who will show you Capitol Hill – the place where it all happens in the United States. Learn about the main buildings including the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Visit the magnificent exteriors while popping inside the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress, as well exploring Thomas Jefferson’s library and inspecting a real Gutenberg Bible. The tour may include a visit to a courtroom and tickets may be available for a tour of the Capitol’s interior.

Highlights Generally Include: (but not limited to) Declaration of Independence; United States Constitution; Bill of Rights; Magna Carta of 1297; Handwritten George Washington letter; Petition signed by citizens advocating abolishment of slavery; Citation issued to Rosa Parks; Letters written by Alexander Hamilton; Exterior of the Capitol; Exterior of the Supreme Court; Museum of the Supreme Court; Possible viewing of the Courtroom; View of the Main Reading Room of Library of Congress; Gutenberg Bible; Thomas Jefferson’s library; Statue of Freedom

Meeting Point: Meet your guide on the corner of 9th Street NW and Constitution Ave.
Duration: 5hs
Starting Time Options: 10am
Days: Mon - Fri
Includes: Private Tour Guide; Lunch Break


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