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United States National Archives Building is located in downtown Washington, DC. Within its Rotunda, visitors will find the permanent exhibit of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. The records of the nation's civil, military and diplomatic activities are also held by the National Archives for present and future generations.

The neoclassical structure of the US National Archives, is one of the most imposing Washington DC sights. Designed in the 1930s by John Russell Pope, whose other notable projects include the National Gallery of Art and the Jefferson Memorial, it provides a striking architectural illustration of the style known as beaux arts. Over seventy Greek columns adorn its four sides, and enormous doors made of bronze open onto Constitution Avenue. A statue on a pedestal, signifying Heritage, The Past, Guardianship and The Future, marks each entrance.

Inside the National Archives are six integrated components, namely, the Charters of Freedom, where you will find the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; the Public Vaults which is a permanent exhibit of over 1,000 original and reproduced records from the National Archives holdings; the William G. McGowan Theater, a 290-seat theater which uses state-of-the-art technology and is a venue for documentary films; the Special Exhibition Gallery, devoted to document-based exhibits on newsworthy and timely topics and traveling exhibits from Presidential Libraries and other sources; and a Learning Center that engages America's youth, parents and teaching professionals.
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