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National Archives & Capitol Hill Semi-Private Guided Tour

By Babylon Tours
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Highlights

  • Semi-private group up to 8 guests per guide

  • Enjoy a guided highlights tour with a personal touch

  • Learn about Declaration of Independence & the Constitution

  • Marvel at the Breathtaking Library of Congress

  • Visit the Supreme Court

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Semi-private group up to 8 guests per guide

  • What's included

    Professional local tour guide

  • What's included

    Duration 5 - 5.5 hours

  • What's included

    Available Monday - Friday

  • What's included

    Time for Lunch between Archives and Capitol Hill (30 min aprox)

  • What's included

    Wheelchair Tour under Request Only

  • What's excluded

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

  • What's excluded

    Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)

  • What's excluded

    Tour price does NOT include luggage or coat storage

  • What's excluded

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

  • What's excluded

    Tour price does NOT include Food and Beverages

Cleaning and safety practices

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  • Masks required
  • Contactless tickets
  • Personal safety equipment

Know Before You Book

  • This tour has a minimum requirement of 2 participants to run (an alternative date or full refund will be offered if the minimum is not met)

  • No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security

  • High amount of walking is involved. Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

  • This tour does NOT visit in the Capitol Building. We will only see the visitors center of the Capitol. The Capitol building does run tours and availability can be assessed when you are there, but tour will not conducted by one of our guides, and not a part of this tour.

  • Occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, guests will be provided with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1 hour from the tour starting time. In these cases the supplier is unable to provide refunds or discounts

  • Some specific rooms inside the museum are subject to rules requiring quiet or restricted right to speak inside. In these cases your guide will provide the information about the rooms contents before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year

  • Please provide a phone number and email you can be reached at during your trip.

What you can expect

This Semi-Private, 5 to 5.5-hour guided combo tour will welcome up to 8 people to explore the seemingly humble documentation that gave birth to the most powerful nation in the world before venturing outside to visit the buildings that dot the iconic Capitol Hill.

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.

After a break for lunch, 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 as 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.

We’re more than just storytellers. Our young, passionate, and engaging guides approach touring in a different way. They will bring a personal touch to each tour, adding their own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way. They are there to listen to you, to answer your questions, and to create a dialogue – unlike other tours where they just lecture you as you go along. That’s the whole reason why we specialize in private and semi-private tours exclusively, to make sure you get the most possible out of your experience.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

  • Contactless ticket redemption
  • Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

  • Personal protective equipment worn by staff
  • Temperature checks given to staff
  • Temperature checks available
  • Masks required
  • Masks provided
  • Hand sanitizer provided

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Location

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Activity Location

  • 700 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
  • Washington District of Columbia 20408

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Corner of 9th St NW and Constitution Ave NW
  • Washington District of Columbia 20408
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